New Books Network

David V. Mason, “The Performative Ground of Religion and Theatre” (Routledge, 2018)
To what extent may we say that religion is a theatrical phenomenon, and that theatre is a religious experience? Can making sense of one help us make sense of the other? Join us as we dive into The Performative Ground of Religion and Theatre (Routledge, 2018) with its author David... Read More
Shonaleeka Kaul, “The Making of Early Kashmir: Landscape and Identity in the Rajatarangini” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Dr. Shonaleeka Kaul is a cultural historian of early South Asia specializing in working with Sanskrit texts. She is Associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has worked extensively on Sanskrit kavya, a genre of highly aesthetic poetry and prose. She is the author of... Read More
Bhikkhu Anālayo, “Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research” (Wisdom Publications, 2018)
In today’s podcast, I speak with German professor and Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Anālayo at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies about his book Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research (Wisdom Publications, 2018). Bhikkhu Anālayo skillfully analyzes the early Buddhist doctrine of rebirth before discussing the debate around rebirth throughout... Read More
Borayin Larios, “Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra” (De Gruyter, 2017)
Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra (De Gruyter, 2017; open access) probes the backbone of what makes Hinduism the world’s oldest living tradition: the unbroken chain of transmission of Vedic texts composed over 3,000 years ago, originating circa 1750-1200 BCE.  What does the process of that transmission look... Read More
Paul J. Kosmin, “Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire” (Harvard UP, 2018)
In the aftermath of Alexander the Great’s conquests, the Seleucid kings ruled a vast territory stretching from Central Asia to Anatolia, Armenia to the Persian Gulf. In a radical move to impose unity and regulate behavior, this Graeco-Macedonian imperial power introduced a linear and transcendent conception of time. Under Seleucid... Read More