(7th century ce)
A Pūrva Mīmāṃsaka exegete. His major work (consisting of the Ślokavārttika, the Tantravārttika, and the Ṭupṭikā) is a free subcommentary on Śabara's Bhāṣya, itself a commentary on Jaimini's Pūrvamīmāṃsā Sūtra. Differences between Kumārila and Prabhākara (1) in the interpretation of Śabara's text led to the creation of two Mīmāṃsā subschools, the Bhāṭṭa and the Prabhākara (2). Kumārila was also an implacable opponent of the Buddhists.