Concordia University

Leslie Orr, PhD

Professor, Religions and Cultures

Office: S-FA 303 
FA Annex,
2060 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2078

Leslie Orr joined the Department of Religion at Concordia in 1991. Her research interests include the religious and social history of medieval Tamil Nadu; women in pre-colonial South Asia; devadasis; temple architecture, iconography and epigraphy; the interaction of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam; the history of South Indian sectarian movements; and colonial/ missionary Indology. Her current research projects include "South Indian Inscriptions: Media, Messages, and Mobilizations" and, with ArchanaVenkatesan, Anna Seastrand, and Crispin Branfoot, “The Navatirupatis and Vaishnava temple-networks in South India.”She is the author of the book Donors, Devotees and Daughters of God: Temple Women in Medieval Tamilnadu (NY: Oxford University Press, 2000), and co-editor with A. Luithle-Hardenberg and J. Cort of Co-operation, Contribution and Contestation: The Jaina community, British Rule and Occidental Scholarship from the 18th to early 20th century (Berlin: EB Verlag, forthcoming).

Research interests

Religious and social history of medieval Tamil Nadu
Women in pre-colonial South Asia
Temple architecture, iconography and epigraphy
Interaction of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Islam
History of South Indian sectarian movements
Colonial/ missionary Indology
Temple-building, record-keeping, and history-making in Tamil Nadu



Field areas

Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Selected publications

Recent graduate seminars and reading courses

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