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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 a Dravidian language called Kannada, South Asian bhakti (devotional) traditions, and the vernacularization of Sanskrit poetics and courtly poetry.

Dr. Ben-Herut’s forthcoming book Śiva’s Saints: The Origins of Devotion in Kannada according to Harihara’s Ragaḷegaḷu (Oxford University Press, July 2018) is the first study in English of the earliest Śaiva hagiographies in the Kannada-speaking region, and it argues for a reconsideration of the nature and development of devotionalism associated today with the Viraśaivas. Ben-Herut is currently co-translating selections from this hagiographical collection for a separate publication. His extensive publications include a co-translation of a twelfth-century Kannada treatise about poetics, encyclopedic entries, book chapters, and articles in the journals Religions of South Asia, International Journal of Hindu Studies, and Journal of Hindu Studies.

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.