Amiya Prosad Sen

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Amiya P. Sen
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Alma materSt. Stephen's College, Delhi
OccupationProfessor, Author
Known forHeinrich Zimmer Chair at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University

Amiya Prosad Sen (born 1952) is a historian with an interest in the intellectual and cultural history of modern India.[1][2] Currently he is Sivadasani Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Oxford (UK). He was previously the Heinrich Zimmer Chair at the South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.[3] He has served as Professor of Modern Indian History at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. He has been Agatha Harrison Fellow to the University of Oxford[4] and Visiting Fellow to the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla,[5] and the Centre for Contemporary Studies, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi. During 2007–08, he was Tagore professor at Vishwa Bharati, Shantiniketan.

Sen took his bachelor's and master's degrees in history from St. Stephen's College, Delhi and also pursued his PhD there. After a brief career in Indian Civil Services, he took up teaching and research in 1984.[6]


  1. Sen, Amiya P: Hindu Revivalism in Bengal, Some Essays in Interpretation. 1872-1905. Delhi Oxford University Press. 1993
  2. Sen, Amiya P: Swami Vivekananda. Delhi. Oxford University Press. 2000
  3. Sen, Amiya P: “Sri Ramakrishna and Middle Class Religion in Late Nineteenth Century Bengal. Exploring Some New Paradigms of Understanding” in Biswamoy Pati ed. Issues in Modern Indian History. For Sumit Sarkar. Bombay. Popular Prakashan. 2000.
  4. Sen, Amiya P: Three Essays on Sri Ramakrishna and His Times. Shimla, IIAS. 2001
  5. Sen, Amiya P: Introduction to Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay: Dharmatattwa. Translated by Apratim Ray. Delhi. Oxford University Press. 2003.
  6. Sen, Amiya P ed. Social and Religious Reform. The Hindus of British India. Delhi. Oxford University Press. 2003
  7. Sen, Amiya P: The Indispensable Vivekananda. An Anthology for Our Times. Ranikhet. Permanent Black. 2006.
  8. Sen, Amiya P: Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay. An Intellectual Biography. Delhi. Oxford University Press. 2008.
  9. Sen, Amiya P.|: His Words: The Preaching and Parables of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa  Delhi. Penguin Viking. 2010.
  10. Sen, Amiya P.: Ramakrishna Paramahamsa: The Sadhaka of Dakshineswar. Delhi. Penguin Viking. 2010.
  11. Sen, Amiya P. ed. Bankim's Hinduism. An Anthology of Writings by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay. Ranikhet. Permanent Black. 2011
  12. Sen, Amiya P: Rammohun Roy. A Critical Biography. Delhi. Penguin Viking. 2012.
  13. Sen, Amiya P: Religion and Rabindranath Tagore. Select Discourses, Addresses and Letters in Translation. Delhi. Oxford University Press.2014.
  14. Sen, Amiya P :"Culture and Community Building . Select Discourses from Early Colonial Bengal" in Sabyasachi Bhattacharya ed. Indian Cultural Unity: A Reappraisal. Kolkata. Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture. 2014.
  15. Sen, Amiya P: "Hindu Reform Movements in British India" in Key Concepts in Modern Indian Studies. Eds Gita Dharampal-Frick, Monika Kirloskar Steinbach, Rachel Dwyer, Jahanavy Phalkey. New Delhi. Oxford University Press. 2015.
  16. Sen, Amiya P: "Hinduism and the Problem of Self-Actualisation in the Colonial Era: Critical Reflections". ''Heinrich Zimmer Lecture for 2015. South Asia Institute'' ''Papers.'' Heidelberg University.
  17. Sen, Amiya P: "Debates within Colonial Hinduism" in Brian A. Hatcher ed. Hinduism in the Modern World. New York & London. Routledge. 2015.
  18. Sen, Amiya P: "Swami Vivekananda's Vision of India" in Swami Vivekananda's Ideas and our Times. A Retrospect on his 150th Birth Anniversary. A Commemorative Volume. ed. by Sandipan Sen et al. Ramakrishna Vidyamandira, Howrah. 2015
  19. Sen, Amiya P: An Idealist in India. Selected Writings and Speeches of Sister Nivedita. Delhi. Primus Books. 2016.
  20. Sen, Amiya P: "Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay and the Vaishnava Revival in Bengal" in In Quest of the Historian's Craft. Essays in Honour of Professor B.B. Chaudhuri. Part II. Edited by Arun Bandopadhyay and Sanjukta Das Gupta. Delhi. Manohar. 2017.
  21. Sen, Amiya P: "A Hindu Conservative Negotiates Modernity. Chandranath Basu (1844-1910) and Reflections on the Self and Culture in Colonial Bengal". in Rafael Klober and Manu Ludwig eds. Her Story. Historical Scholarship between South Asia and Europe. ''Festscrift'' in Honour of Gita Dharampal Frick.'' Heidelberg. Cross Asia Books. 2018.
  22. Sen, Amiya P: Chaitanya. A Life and Legacy. Delhi. Oxford University Press. 2019.
  23. Sen, Amiya P: "Theorising Bengal Vaishnavism. Bipinchandra Pal and New Perspectives on Religious Life and Culture" in Ferdinando Sardella& Lucian Wong eds. The Legacy of Vaishnavism in Colonial Bengal. London & New York. Routledge. 2020, pp. 33-56
  24. Sen, Amiya P: "Hinduism under Interpretative Stress. A View from Nineteenth Century Bengal". in Sabyasachi Bhattacahrya Ed. Comprehensive History of Modern Bengal. 1700-1950. Delhi. Primus Publications. Vol. 2. 2019, pp. 213-70.
  25. Amiya P. Sen ed. Special Issue on Hinduism: "Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Developments" Religions 12, 85 (2021) ISSN 2077-1444
  26. Amiya P. Sen : "Japan in India's Xenology: Negotiating Modernity, Culture and Cosmopolitanism in colonial Bengal in Madhu Bhalla ed. Culture as Power. Buddhist Heritage and Indo Japanese Dialogue. London and New York. Routledge. South Asia Edition. 2021
  27. Amiya P. Sen: Vidyasagar. Reflections on a Notable Life. Delhi. Orient Black Swan. 2021


  1. ^ Biswamoy Pati, ed. (2000). "Notes on contributors". Issues in modern Indian history: for Sumit Sarkar. Popular Prakashan. p. 344. ISBN 978-81-7154-658-9.
  2. ^ Pathak, Avijit (2001). "Book reviews and notices". Contributions to Indian Sociology. Sage. 35 (2): 287–288. doi:10.1177/006996670103500217. S2CID 143967250.
  3. ^ "Zimmer Chair - Amiya P. Sen". Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  4. ^ Gazette 7 October 1993; No. 4301; Vol. 124 Archived 4 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Academic Life". IIAS. Archived from the original on 21 June 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  6. ^ Sen 2001

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