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Faculty of Divinity

Religious Leadership
Guru Traditions
Gujarati Vaishnavism
Lived Religion
Transnational Hinduism


PhD Candidate in Divinity, University of Cambridge

PG Diploma Sanskrit & Hindu Studies, Shree Somnath Sanskrit University

MSt Study of Religion, University of Oxford

MA South Asian Area Studies, SOAS

BA Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies, University of Cambridge


Key publications: 

Williams, Raymond, and Shah, Tushar. ‘Swaminarayan Hinduism in Europe’. In Handbook of Hinduism in Europe, edited by Knut A. Jacobsen, and Ferdinando Sardella. 2 vols. Leiden: Brill, Jul. 2020.

Other publications: 

Shah, Tushar. Book review: The Afterlife of Sai Baba: Competing Visions of a Global Saint, by Karline McLain . Religions of South Asia, v. 12, n. 2, p. 259-261, Apr. 2019.

Teaching and Supervisions


Supervisor, A6 and A7, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, 2018-19

Lecture Contributor, A7 and B16, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, 2018-19

MPhil Seminar Leader, 'The Varieties of Hindu Devotional Experience', Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, 2019

Tutor, Continuing Education Department, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 2015-18

Instructor in Hinduism, The Muslim College London, 2015

Other Professional Activities

Undergraduate Admissions Interviewer, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, 2018 and 2019

Panel Co-organiser: Reconsidering Agency in Colonial India. British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference, Leeds Trinity University, United Kingdom, 2-4 September 2019

Panel Chair: Mediated Religion and Ritual. British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference, Leeds Trinity University, United Kingdom, 2-4 September 2019

Co-organiser: Theology and Religion Studies Taster Day 2019. Fitzwilliam College. March 2019.

Convenor, Symposium: God and Grammar in Sanskrit, Faculty of Divinity and Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge, May 2018. Report by Rohini Bakshi:


Conference Papers

Beware the Charlatan: Sant and Asant in Nikuānanda Svāmī’s Cosah Padī. The Conference on the Study of Religions of India, University of California, Davis, CA, United States of America, 21-24 June 2018

Remembering and Reforming; Interactions with the ‘God-realized’ Guru. British Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference, University of Chester, United Kingdom, 4-6 September 2017

Swaminarayan Hinduism in Europe. Hinduism in Europe, Stockholm University, Sweden, 26-28 April 2017

Material Manifestations of Śiva. International Seminar on Śivatattva in Sanskrit Literature, Shree Somnath Sanskrit University, Veraval, Gujarat, 7-9 February 2016

Ahimsa; Animal Ethics and Vegetarianism in Hinduism. Realising Global Peace: The Role and Impact of Hindu Teachings, Akhil Bharatiya Darshan Parishad and Indo-Hellenic Society for Culture and Development, London, United Kingdom, 24-26 June 2014

Hu Gujarati Chhu? Exploring the construction of identity through language. (Re)Defining Gujarati Identity, Gujarat Studies Association Biennial Conference, Ahmedabad, India, 19-20 February 2014

What’s in a Sacred Image? Reading Mūrtis of the Svāminārāyaa Tradition. Sahajanand Swami and the Swaminarayan Sampraday: Historical, Social and Cultural Perspectives, New Delhi, India, 2-4 August 2013

Forms and Meanings: The Image of God in a Swaminarayan Sect. Oxford Indic Seminars, University of Oxford, 22 February 2013



Contributor: Discovering Sacred Texts. British Library.

God and Guru in Nineteenth-Century Gujarat. Faculty of Divinity Indian Religions Senior Seminars. University of Cambridge, 2019.

Indian Religions at Cambridge. Progress in Religious Studies Taster Day, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, 2018

Reading: Three Types of Dialogue. 2018 LGBTQI History Month Interfaith Gathering, Cambridge, 2018

British Hinduism. Little Parndon Primary School, Harlow, 2017

Hinduism in Practice. Annual Interfaith Day, Chestnut Grove Academy, London, 2015

Spring and New Beginnings in Hinduism. The Mayor’s Spring Celebration, Church of Christ the Cornerstone, Milton Keynes, 2015

Holi. Radio Interview, BBC London 94.9, 2015

Climate Change, Environment and Hinduism. Creative Communities Multi-Faith Climate Change Event, Cambridge, 2015

Introduction to Hinduism. The Wisdom Project, Eton College, 2014

Diwali: The Festival of Lights. Employee Life and Families Event, Nomura Group, London, 2013

T.S. Eliot and Hinduism (interview excerpts). TS Eliot's India: Many Gods, Many Voices, BBC Radio 4, 2013

An Introduction to Hinduism. Human and Spiritual Development Day, New Hall School, United Kingdom, 2013

Hinduism in the Diaspora. Avicenna Programme, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, 2012


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