ALPER, Harvey Paul. 1945 — 4.4.1987. U.S. Indologist and Scholar of Comparative Religion. Apparently studied at University of Pennsylvania. In 1974-87 he was Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and taught also Sanskrit there. Died suddenly.
Publications: edited: Mantra. 343 p. N.Y. 1989; Understanding Mantras. 530 p. Albany 1989; a few articles and reviews, e.g. “Ṥiva and the ubiquity of consciousness: the spaciousness of an artful yogi”, JIPh 7, 1979, 345-407; “Svabhātam avabhāsasya vimarśam. Judgement as a transcendental category in Utpaladeva’s Saiva Theology”, ALB 51 (Rocher Vol.), 1987, 176-241.
Sources: Cover of Mantra. 1989.