Home page of Prof. Robert Zydenbos
(professor of Modern Indology, Institute of Indology and Tibetology, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)
at the Leibniz-Rechenzentrum (LRZ) of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, München
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[Update: September 13th, 2019]
The institute page of Prof. Zydenbos at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Institute for Indology and Tibetology) can be found here.
Further information can be found on Prof. Zydenbos' personal pages here.
In the winter term 2019/2020 Prof. Zydenbos will be on sabbatical leave and therefore will not offer any courses.
A note about electronic communications:
The LMU requires teachers and students to exchange all
professional correspondence between them via LMU email addresses
(for students these are the addresses that end in
A few slight updates, 14-I-2019:
An Overview of the classes offered by Prof. Zydenbos in the winter term 2018 can be found here: http://lmu.zydenbos.net/lehrveranstaltungen.html
For detailed information about the course “Kannada-I” (Kannada for beginners) please click here.
Concise information about the course Kannada-I is found here, about the course Kannada-Lektüre is found here.
I advise all students to read the information about the use of computers. Instead of in one large file (as previously), the information is now divided in three (in German):
Computerressourcen an der LMU und Computerwahl
Textverarbeitung: Programme und Formate
Students are advised to use Facebook, Twitter and other such so-called ‘social media’ with great caution.
The choice of a modern Indian language as main language in the curriculum ,Buddhistische und Südasiatische Studien‘
Students who are primarily interested in more recent and
contemporary India must choose a modern Indian language as the
main language in their studies. (Students of so-called Classical
Indology, which concerns itself with Indian antiquity, have
Sanskrit as their main language.) Although the Institut für
Indologie und Tibetologie strives to offer courses in several
modern Indian languages (for further information please see the
updates on the LMU’s offerings), the possibilities of
comprehensive guidance of the students are limited in our small
institute (every European institute of Indological studies is
small and limited in its possiblities), and a comprehensive
guidance can be offered for the southern Indian language Kannada
and only to a certain extent for the northern Indian language
Hindi. Please do not assume that other languages and their
associated regional cultures can be represented in an
academically satisfying manner at our institute. It happens
repeatedly that students expect that an ‘institute of Indology’
can treat the whole of India, which in view of the enormous size
of the Indian republic is plainly impossible. Just as no
institute in India offers ‘Europology’ including the cultural
studies of entire Europe, no single institute in Europe can treat
the whole of India.
A brief characterization of Kannada, meant primarily for students of the linguistic MA “Cultural and Cognitive Linguistics” (CCL), is available for reading and downloading here as a PDF file. An HTML webpage can be found here. Interested persons may also refer to the Wikipedia webpages in German and English (and naturally in Kannada and Sanskrit).
May 14th, 2018:
Prof. Zydenbos' list of publications (not entirely complete, updated 13-V-2018) can be read here and downloaded here as a PDF file.
Prof. Zydenbos' list of publications (old, not updated since 3-IX-2011) can be read here and downloaded (PDF) here.
Information about the use of Unicode-Fonts for Indological purposes on Apple computers with the Mac OSX operating system can be found here. This is not quite up to date, but it may be useful nonetheless.
On Febr. 7th, 2006 a short article appeared in the newspaper Münchner Merkur about Jainism, the Mahāmastakābhiṣeka of Shravanabelagola and R. Zydenbos' research trip. A digital scan of the article in JPG format (size: approx. 1.1 MB) is downloadable here.
Prof. Dr. Robert J. ZydenbosDepartment für Asienstudien - Institut für Indologie und Tibetologie