New Books Network

Kapila D. Silva and Amita Sinha, “Cultural Landscapes of South Asia : Studies in Heritage Conservation, and Management” (Routledge, 2017)
The book today is Cultural Landscapes of South Asia : Studies in Heritage Conservation, and Management (Routledge, 2017) edited by Kapila D. Silva and Amita Sinha. It’s the Winner of the Environmental Design Research Association’s 2018 Achievement Award. South Asian architecture and landscapes are not as well known in the... Read More
Julia Cassaniti, “Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia” (Cornell UP, 2018)
How do you understand mindfulness? Is your understanding limited by your own culture’s definition of what mindfulness is? These are some of the questions you will ask yourself while reading Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia (Cornell University Press, 2018). In today’s podcast, Prof. Julia Cassaniti takes us on... Read More
Ithamar Theodor, “Exploring the Bhagavad Gītā: Philosophy, Structure and Meaning” (Routledge, 2016)
The Bhagavad Gītā remains to this day a mainstay of Hinduism and Hindu Studies alike, despite the profusion of books written on it over the centuries. While the Gītā’s profundity is evident, its meaning most certainly is not. Is there a unity within the Bhagavad Gītā? Ithamar Theodor’s Exploring the... Read More
Harshita M. Kamath, “The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance” (U California Press, 2019)
Harshita M. Kamath‘s new book The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance (University of California Press, 2019) features an investigation of men donning a women’s guises to impersonate female characters – most notably Satyabhāmā, the wife of the Hindu deity Krishna –within the insular Brahmin community of the... Read More
Robert Haug, “The Eastern Frontier: Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia” (I. B. Tauris, 2019)
Robert Haug’s new book, The Eastern Frontier: Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia (I. B. Tauris, 2019) is an in-depth look at the frontier zone of the Sassanian, Umayyad, and Abbasid Empires. Employing an impressive array of literary, archaeological, and numismatic sources, combined with a... Read More
Alpa Shah, et al., “Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st-Century India” (Pluto Press, 2017)
A recent UNDP report makes the astonishing claim that India has halved its poverty between 2006 and 2016. Moving us past the rosy picture, Alpa Shah and her co-author’s  multi-authored, masterful Ground Down by Growth: Tribe, Caste, Class and Inequality in 21st-Century India (Pluto Press, 2017) focuses on those left... Read More
Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, “Reciting the Goddess: Narratives of Place and the Making of Hinduism in Nepal” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz‘s Reciting the Goddess: Narratives of Place and the Making of Hinduism in Nepal (Oxford University, 2018) represents the very first study of a fascinating Hindu phenomenon: the Svasthanivratakatha (SVK), a sixteenth-century narrative textual tradition native to Nepal surrounding the Goddess, Svasthānī. This work explores Himalayan Hindu religious... Read More