P. Pratap Kumar is Professor of Hinduism and Comparative Religions in the School of Religion Philosophy and Classics, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. In addition to several scholarly essays and articles his publications include The Goddess Lakshmi in South Indian Vaishnavism (Scholars Press, Atlanta, GA USA, 1997); Hindus in South Africa: Their Traditions and Beliefs (Durban: University of Durban-Westville, 2000); Methods and Theories in the Study of Religions: Perspectives from the Study of Hinduism and other Indian Religions (Delhi: Sundeep Prakashan Publications, 2004); Religious Pluralism and the Diaspora (ed.), (Leiden: E.J, Brill, 2006). He was also one of the editors of the Numen Book Series of the International Association for the History of Religions (Brill, 2004-07). He is also an Associate Editor of South Asian Diaspora Journal (Routledge).