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About James Laine

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


Present Arnold H. Lowe Professor and Chair, Religious Studies, Macalester College


Research Interests


  • Muslim Society and Identities
  • India and Rome
  • Catholicism

Contact Information

Macalester College
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St. Paul, MN 55105
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