Peter Friedlander learned Hindi in Varanasi India in 1977-1982. He then studied at SOAS and did a PhD on the life and works of the medieval Hindi poet-saint Ravidas in 1991. He has taught Hindi language, Buddhist Studies and Indian studies for Antioch University abroad, La Trobe University, and the National University of Singapore. His research interests include Hindi language, pedagogy, Hindi print media, religious traditions in South Asia and Buddhism and society.
His recent publications include: 2016a, 'Hinduism and Politics', in Jeffrey Haynes (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 70-82. 2016b, 'Buddhism and Politics', in Jeffrey Haynes (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Religion and Politics, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, pp. 3-17. 2016c, 'Ravidas and the Ganga: Appropriation or Contestation?', in Jayant Bhalchandra Bapat and Ian Mabbett (ed.), Conceiving the Goddess, Monash University Publishing, Australia, pp. 126-141. 2016d, The state of Hindi: at the cross-roads, in Vishwa Hindi Patrika 2016, pp. 13-15. 2015a, Hindi In Australia, in Vishwa Hindi Patrika 2015, pp. 61-64 pp.. 2015b, 'Innovative Assessment in Hindi', Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 360-370. 2015c, 'Kabir: Oral to Manuscript Transitions', Oral Tradition, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 187-202. 2015d, 'The Theory and Practice of the Mandala: Ritual and Identity in the Kabir Panth', in A Di Castro, D Templeman (ed.), Asian Horizons: Giuseppe Tucci's Buddhist, Indian, Himalayan and Central Asian Studies, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne, pp. 296-312. 2015e, 'Hindi Detective Pulp Fiction', Situations: Cultural Studies in the Asian Context, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 27-47. Friedlander, P & Aveling, H 2014, 'The Treasury of Devotion: Sant Charandas's Bhaktipadarth'.