Home page of Prof. Robert Zydenbos

(professor of Modern Indology, Institute of Indology and Tibetology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)

at the Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, München

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[Update: August 17th, 2020]

The institute page of Prof. Zydenbos at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Institute for Indology and Tibetology) can be found here.

Further information can be found on Prof. Zydenbos' personal pages here.

Please expect that also in the winter term 2020/21, due to the persisting virus crisis, most if not all of the courses offered in the Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie will take place online.

For the courses currently offered by Prof. Zydenbos, please visit his personal web pages at http://lmu.zydenbos.net.

A note about electronic communications:

The LMU requires teachers and students to exchange all professional correspondence between them via LMU email addresses (for students these are the addresses that end in “@campus.lmu.de”) .

As is customary at our university, it has not been explained why this should be so (regrettably, transparency is not its strongest side). Please do not ask me why the University requires this of us. I myself do not know.

A few slight updates, 14-I-2019:

An Overview of the classes offered by Prof. Zydenbos in the winter term 2018 can be found here: http://lmu.zydenbos.net/lehrveranstaltungen.html

For detailed information about the course “Kannada-I” (Kannada for beginners) please click here.

Concise information about the course Kannada-I is found here, about the course Kannada-Lektüre is found here.

I advise all students to read the information about the use of computers. Instead of in one large file (as previously), the information is now divided in three (in German):

Computerressourcen an der LMU und Computerwahl




Textverarbeitung: Programme und Formate


Students are advised to use Facebook, Twitter and other such so-called ‘social media’ with great caution.

The choice of a modern Indian language as main language in the curriculum ,Buddhistische und Südasiatische Studien‘:

Students who are primarily interested in more recent and contemporary India must choose a modern Indian language as the main language in their studies. (Students of so-called Classical Indology, which concerns itself with Indian antiquity, have Sanskrit as their main language.) Although the Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie strives to offer courses in several modern Indian languages (for further information please see the updates on the LMU’s offerings), the possibilities of comprehensive guidance of the students are limited in our small institute (every European institute of Indological studies is small and limited in its possiblities), and a comprehensive guidance can be offered for the southern Indian language Kannada and only to a certain extent for the northern Indian language Hindi. Please do not assume that other languages and their associated regional cultures can be represented in an academically satisfying manner at our institute. It happens repeatedly that students expect that an ‘institute of Indology’ can treat the whole of India, which in view of the enormous size of the Indian republic is plainly impossible. Just as no institute in India offers ‘Europology’ including the cultural studies of entire Europe, no single institute in Europe can treat the whole of India.

New Indian studies (the so-called ,Moderne Indologie‘) in München are mainly focussed on southern India, namely, the language, literature, religions and culture of the southern Indian state of Karnataka, with which the Free State of Bavaria has a cooperation agreement since 2007. Students can also choose Hindi, the lingua franca of northern India, as their main language, but in this case the possibilities of guidance, due to personnel constraints, are simply limited. If one chooses Kannada, the possibilities are practically unlimited, and also the possibility of study abroad at the Indian University of Mysore (the partner university of the LMU) becomes an option.

A brief characterization of Kannada, meant primarily for students of the linguistic MA “Cultural and Cognitive Linguistics” (CCL), is available for reading and downloading here as a PDF file. An HTML webpage can be found here. Interested persons may also refer to the Wikipedia webpages in German and English (and naturally in Kannada and Sanskrit).

May 14th, 2018:

Prof. Zydenbos' list of publications (not entirely complete, updated 13-V-2018) can be read here and downloaded here as a PDF file.


Information about the use of Unicode-Fonts for Indological purposes on Apple computers with the Mac OSX operating system can be found here. This is not quite up to date, but it may be useful nonetheless.


On Febr. 7th, 2006 a short article appeared in the newspaper Münchner Merkur about Jainism, the Mahāmastakābhiṣeka of Shravanabelagola and R. Zydenbos' research trip. A digital scan of the article in JPG format (size: approx. 1.1 MB) is downloadable here.

Prof. Dr. Robert J. Zydenbos

Department für Asienstudien - Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie
Universität München
E-Mail zydenbos [at] lrz.uni-muenchen.de - zydenbos [at] uni-muenchen.de - zydenbos [at] lmu.de
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Tel. (+49-89-) 2180-5782 (office)
Fax (+49-89-) 2180-5827 (office: secretariat)

Link to the home page of the Institute of Indology, University of Munich (Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)

Link to the home page of the LRZ