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
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.
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. ZydenbosDepartment für Asienstudien - Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie