David L. Haberman


Fulbright Award (2013)
Fulbright Award
Location: India
Indiana University Bloomington
Guggenheim Fellow (2013)
Indiana University Bloomington
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Religious Studies


David L. Haberman is a Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at IU. He received a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1984. Professor Haberman is interested in South Asian religious traditions, specificallt, the medieval and modern movements of norther India. Haberman's research interests also include the ancient city of Banaras, a pilgrimage center and temple town located on the bank of the Ganges River. His approach combines both textual research and anthropological fieldwork.

Haberman's book, Acting as a Way of Salvation(Oxford University Press, 1988) is a study of religious reality construction based on a close examination of a meditation technique devised by the theoreticians of Braj. He has published a book on the circular pilgrimage around Braj, entitled Journey Through the Twelve Forests (Oxford, 1994), and completed an annotated translation of a sixteenth-century Sanskrit text, The Bhaktirasamrtasindhu of Rupa Gosvamin (Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, 2003), which presents the religious experience of bhakti in terms of classical Indian dramatic theory. His current passion is for the field of Religion and Ecology; he is involved in developing this emerging field and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Forum on Religion and Ecology now based at Yale University School for Forestry and Environmental Studies.