Oskar von Hinüber (born 18 February 1939 in Hanover) is a German Indologist. He joined the German Navy after leaving high school, and holds the rank of commander as a reservist.[1] From 1960 to 1966 he studied at University of Tübingen, University of Erlangen–Nuremberg ,and University of Mainz, receiving his Ph.D. in 1966. From 1965 to 1981 von Hinüber served as assistant and then associate professor at Mainz and from 1981 was a professor of Indology at the University of Freiburg.[2] He retired in March 2006.[3]

Oskar von Hinüber
Born (1939-02-18) 18 February 1939 (age 85)
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Notable worksHandbook of Pali Literature

Von Hinüber's special interests are Pāli, Sanskrit, and Middle Indo-Aryan languages, the history of technology in South Asia, inscriptions of the Northwest, and manuscripts and manuscript traditions in South and Southeast Asia. Among his many publications, the Handbook of Pali Literature is especially indicative of his comprehensive learning and scholarly authority.[4]


  • A Handbook of Pali Literature (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1996. ISBN 3-11-014992-3)[5]
  • Indiens Weg in die Moderne
  • Kleine Schriften (Veröffentlichungen der Glasenapp-Stiftung)


  1. ^ "Oskar von Hinüber: "The Buddha and History" | The Ho Center for Buddhist Studies". buddhiststudies.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2020-08-16.
  2. ^ Bio-data retrieved July 2012 from: http://www.infinityfoundation.com/mandala/t_ed/t_ed_hinue_cv_frameset.htm
  3. ^ Data retrieved in July, 2012 from: http://www.pr.uni-freiburg.de/pm/2009/pm.2009-02-16.59/
  4. ^ von Hinüber, A Handbook of Pali Literature (Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, 1997), reissued 2001, 2008 ISBN 9788121507783.
  5. ^ "Amazon.com: Oskar von Hinüber: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 24 February 2014.