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Gil  Ben-Herut

Gil Ben-Herut

Gil Ben-Herut
Assistant Professor & Graduate Director


Office: CPR 468A
Phone: 813/974-1852



Dr. Gil Ben-Herut is an Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department, University of South Florida. His research interests include pre-modern religious literature in the Kannada language, South-Asian bhakti traditions, and the vernacularization of Sanskrit poetics and courtly poetry.

Dr. Ben-Herut received his Ph.D. from Emory University in 2013 and is currently working on a book manuscript about the early Kannada Śivabhakti movement, known today as “Vīraśaiva” and “Liṅgāyata,” according to the early thirteenth-century Śivaśaraṇara Ragaḷegaḷu, which is the first narrative account about the Kannada saints. He has published articles in the journals Religions of South Asia, International Journal of Hindu Studies, and Journal of Hindu Studies that explore interreligious conversations between Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist traditions in various contexts.

Dr. Ben-Herut is the co-founder of the Regional Bhakti Scholars Network (RBSN), a platform for facilitating scholarly conversations about South-Asian devotional traditions.

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