SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Flügel, Peter (2014) 'Pioneer of Jaina Studies at SOAS: Robert Hamilton Blair Williams (1915-1975).' Jaina Studies: Newsletter of the Centre of Jaina Studies, 9. pp. 22-26.

Text - Draft Version
Download (429kB) | Preview


Hardly anything is known about the life of one of the pioneers of Jaina Studies in the 20th century: Dr Robert Hamilton Blair Williams, born 21.8.1915 in Buckland, East Tilbury, Essex, deceased at an unknown location in 1975. His second book Jaina Yoga: A Survey of the Medieval Śrāvakācāras became highly influential, particularly after the advent of field studies of the religious culture of Jaina laity in the 1980s, and is now widely used in research and teaching. Some of the few biographical traces that are preserved in the archives of SOAS and the British Library are presented in the following through his own and the voices of his contemporaries.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Robert H. B. Williams (1915-1975), Jaina Studies, SOAS, India Office Library, Maṇipaticarita, Jaina Yoga
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of History, Religions & Philosophies > Department of Religions & Philosophies
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of the Study of Religions > Centre of Jaina Studies
ISSN: 2059416X
Copyright Statement: With permission of the editors
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2014 11:48

Altmetric Data

There is no Altmetric data currently associated with this item.


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item