About Peter Friedlander

Dr Peter Friedlander is senior lecturer in Hindi–Urdu at the College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

Asian languages

Teaching Hindi with comics


Students appear to be responding well to a novel approach to learning Hindi Over the last two years I’ve started using comics increasingly to teach first-year Hindi. Responses from students have been positive. But it has also raised the question of why we might use comics to teach languages and what we can say about […]


The vision thing: the origins of India’s sacred landscapes


Local legends and beliefs in parts of India often have their origins in the broader Indic tradition, writes PETER FRIEDLANDER. What makes a landscape sacred? To explore this question, in 2014, I visited three sacred sites in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh—the town of Maheswar and two sites around the nearby ancient city […]