Julia Leslie

Dominik Wujastyk d.wujastyk at UCL.AC.UK
Tue Sep 28 11:51:54 UTC 2004

Thank you, George, for mentioning Julia's passing, and for your kind and
much-appreciated words.

Julia was Reader in Hindu Studies at the School of Oriental and African
Studies, London University.  Trained in Philosophy at the University of
Sussex, and in Sanskrit and Indian religions at Oxford University, Julia
wrote the books "The Perfect Wife: The Orthodox Hindu Woman According to
the Stridharmapaddhati of Tryambakayajvan", and "Authority and Meaning in
Indian Religions: Hinduism and the case of Valmiki".  She also achieved
that envy of academics, the status of a successful novelist, with her
thriller "Perahera".  In addition to her books, Julia wrote many articles
and chapters, and edited three books of papers on gender, ritual and myth
in India.  She was widely recognised as a gifted educator.  More adequate
memorials of her personal and academic life will circulate in the coming

Julia died on Friday morning, after a courageous battle with cancer.  Her
daughters were holding her hands when she died, and during her last weeks
and days she was surrounded by friends and loved ones.

The full details of the arrangements for Julia's funeral, which is to be
at noon this Friday, 1 October, in Amersham, near London, are in the
document at


This also gives details for those wishing to send flowers, donations or

All communications should be with Julia's friend and student Sian
Hawthrone <sh79 at soas.ac.uk> (Tel: 020 7898 4774 (wk); 0208 992 1180 (hm);
0770 966 1827 (mb)) who is managing practical matters, letters and emails
of condolence, and remembrances.  Please contact Sian if you will be
attending the funeral.


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