Gavin Flood
Gavin Flood
Born 1954
Academic work
Main interests Religious studies, tantra, comparative religion, Hinduism
Notable works Introduction to Hinduism (Cambridge University Press 1996), Beyond Phenomenology: Rethinking the Study of religion. (Cassell 1999)

Gavin Dennis Flood (born 1954) FBA is a British scholar of comparative religion specialising in Shaivism and phenomenology,[1] but with research interests that span South Asian traditions.[2] From October 2005 through December 2015 he served in the Faculty of Theology University of Oxford and as the Academic Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies which is a Recognised Independent Centre of the University of Oxford.[3] In 2008 Flood was granted the title of Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion from the University of Oxford. In 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.[4] In November 2015, it was announced that Dr. Flood would become the inaugural Yap Kim Hao Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at Yale-NUS College in Singapore; taking up the position from January 2016.[5]

Flood's publications include; An Introduction to Hinduism, Body and Cosmology in Kashmir Saivism and Beyond Phenomenology: Rethinking the Study of Religion. He is also the editor of The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism.


  • The Truth Within: A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Oxford University Press, 2013
  • The Bhagavad Gita: A New Translation. Norton, 2012
  • The Importance Of Religion: Meaning In Our Strange World. Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
  • The Tantric Body: The Secret Tradition of Hindu Religion. London: I.B. Tauris, 2006
  • The Ascetic Self: Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition. (Cambridge University Press 2006)[6]
  • Beyond Phenomenology: Rethinking the Study of religion. (Cassell 1999)
  • Introduction to Hinduism (Cambridge University Press 1996)[7]
  • Editor of The Blackwell Companion to Hinduism (Blackwell 2003).[8]
  • Rites of Passage (1994)[9]

See also

References and notes

  1. ^ Flood, G. (2003). "The Sacred and the Profane: Contemporary Demands On Hermeneutics". Literature and Theology. 17 (4): 478-479. doi:10.1093/litthe/17.4.478. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "SpringerLink - Journal Article". Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "University of Oxford, Faculty of Theology and Religion". Retrieved .  (A Recognised Independent Centre is an institution that is not part of the University, but works with the University in research and teaching.)
  4. ^ "British Academy announces 42 new fellows". Times Higher Education. 18 July 2014. Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "Yale-NUS College Welcomes Two Distinguished Scholars as Named Professors". 11 November 2015. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ Flood, G.D. (2004). The Ascetic Self: Subjectivity, Memory and Tradition. Cambridge University Press. 
  7. ^ Flood, G.D. (1996). An Introduction to Hinduism. Cambridge University Press. 
  8. ^ Fenn, R.K. (2001). The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of Religion. Blackwell Publishers. 
  9. ^ Holm, J.; Bowker, J.W. (1994). Rites of Passage. Pinter Pub Ltd. 

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