Laine specializes in the religions of Asia and Islam. He works with the study abroad
program in India sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and continues to
research Hindu-Muslim relations in 17th century India. He leads the Maharashtra Studies
Group of the Association for Asian Studies, and was co-director (with Macalester Classics
Professor Andrew Overman) of a summer 2000 NEH seminar for teachers. His latest book,
Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India (Oxford, 2003) traces the biographies and legends of
a popular Hindu hero from the seventeenth century to the present.
Laine has been teaching at Macalester since 1985.
EDUCATION: B.A., Texas Tech University; M.T.S., Th.D., Harvard University
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