Emeritus Professor, School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu-Natal

P. Pratap Kumar is a Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He is author of several books and scholarly papers and has edited several books. His recent publications include-- Hinduism and the Diaspora: A South African Narrative (2013); His edited volumes include--Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Philosophy and Religion (2013); Contemporary Hinduism (2013).


  • 2012–2013
    Visiting Professor, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY, USA
  • 1994–2012
    Professor of Hinduism and Comparative Religions, University of KwaZulu-Natal
  • 2008–2009
    Visiting Professor , Colorado College, Colorado Springs, USA
  • 2004–2005
    Academic Director , Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Oxford, UK
  • 1991–1993
    Lecturer and Research Fellow, University of Natal, PMB
  • 1993–1993
    Senior lecturer, University of Cape Town
  • 1990–1991
    Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, USA


  • 1991 
    University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, PhD


  • 2015
    Indian Diaspora: Socio-cultural and Religious Worlds. Edited by P. Pratap Kumar. Leiden: Brill, 2015. [ISBN: 978-90-04-28798-3 (hard cover); 978-90-04-28806-5 (e-book)., 1
  • 2013
    Hinduism and The Diaspora: A South African Narrative, Jaipur, New Delhi, India: Rawat Publishers, 2013. [Pages 248, ISBN # 978-81-316-0527-1]. , 1
  • 2013
    Contemporary Hinduism. Edited by P. Pratap Kumar. Durham, UK: Acumen, 2013. [ISBN 978-1-84465-689-9]. pp 293+, 1
  • 2013
    Classical and Contemporary Issues in Indian Philosophy and Religion, (Festschrift in honour of Prof. T.S. Rukmani) Edited by P. Pratap Kumar and Jonathan Duquette, New Delhi: DK Print Publishers, 2013. Pages xviii +462 [ISBN # 9788124606520], 1
  • 2005
    Study of Religion in Southern Africa: Essays in Honour of G.C. Oosthuizen, edited by Johannes A. Smit and P. Pratap Kumar. Leiden: Brill, 2005. (pp. 288 +). [900414384X], 1
  • 2004
    Methods and Theories in the Study of Religions: Perspectives from the Study of Hinduism and other Indian Religions. Delhi: Sundeep Prakashan Publications, 2004. , 1
  • 2004
    South Asians in the Diaspora: Their Histories and Traditions, edited by Knut Jacobsen and P. Pratap Kumar. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2004. (420pp). [9789004124882], 1
  • 2000
    The Goddess Lakshmi in South Indian Vaishnavism. Scholars Press, Atlanta, GA USA, 1997, Oxford University Press, 2000. [ISBN: 788501984] 186pp, 1
  • 2000
    Hindus in South Africa: Their Traditions and Beliefs, Durban: University of Durban-Westville, 2000, 1

Grants and Contracts

  • 2015
    Funding Source:
    National Research Foundation of South Africa

Professional Memberships

  • President of the Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa (2006-2007)
  • Current Member of the American Academy of Religion
  • Director of the International Association for the History of Religions Congress, August 5-12, 2000
  • Chairperson of the International Committee for the Regional Conference of the IAHR in India. 2003-2004
  • Editor of Numen Book Series of the IAHR (2004-2007)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Numen : International Review for the History of Religions 2004-2012
  • Executive Member and Deputy Treasurer of the International Association for the History of Religions (2004-2007)
  • Board Member of the International Association for Sociology of Religion (International Sociology Association) 2009-2013