New Books Network

Christopher Austin, “Pradyumna: Lover, Magician, and Scion of the Avatara” (Oxford UP, 2019)
This is the first sustained study of an important figure in Hindu narrative, one largely obscure to readers and scholars alike: Kṛṣṇa’s son Pradyumna. In Pradyumna: Lover, Magician, and Scion of the Avatara (Oxford University Press, 2019), Christopher Austin traces the evolution of Pradyumna’s persona, placing it in historical context,... Read More
Sebastian Prange, “Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Monsoon Islam: Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast (Cambridge University Press, 2019) by Sebastian Prange provides a fascinating window into the Muslim world of the medieval (12-16th century) Malabar Coast and the development of Islam that was defined by significant trade networks. Prange conceptualizes this particular development of... Read More
Simon Wolfgang Fuchs, “In a Pure Muslim Land: Shi’ism between Pakistan and the Middle East” (UNC Press, 2019)
Scholarly and public discourse on Islamic intellectual thought in the modern period tend to frame it narrowly through the concept of “influence” as it emanates from the Middle Eastern “center” to the non-Middle Eastern “peripheries” without paying sufficient attention to the ways in which these variegated “peripheries” retain the autonomy... Read More
Nosheen Ali, “Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan’s Northern Frontier” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
In her pioneering and politically urgent new book Delusional States: Feeling Rule and Development in Pakistan’s Northern Frontier (Cambridge UP, 2019), Nosheen Ali presents a lyrical and at many times haunting account of the aspirations, anxieties, and tragedies enfolding everyday life in the rarely studied Gilgit-Baltistan region in Pakistan. How... Read More
Angela Rudert, “Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017)
Angela Rudert‘s Shakti’s New Voice: Guru Devotion in a Women-Led Spiritual Movement (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017) is the first academic study of the popular contemporary North Indian female guru Anandmurti Gurumaa. In drawing from, e.g., Sikh and Sufi traditions, Gurumaa’s syncretic approach innovates Hindu religiosity, as does her progressive attitudes... Read More
Karine Gagné, “Caring for Glaciers: Land, Animals, and Humanity in the Himalayas” (U Washington Press, 2019)
In her new book, Caring for Glaciers: Land, Animals, and Humanity in the Himalayas (University of Washington Press, 2019), Karine Gagné explores how relations of reciprocity between land, humans, animals, and glaciers foster an ethics of care in the Himalayan communities of Ladakh. She explores the way these relations are changing... Read More
Jessica Hinchy, “Governing Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India: The Hijra, c.1850-1900” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Until Jessica Hinchy’s latest book, Governing Gender and Sexuality in Colonial India: The Hijra, c.1850-1900 (Cambridge University Press, 2019), there was no single monograph dedicated to the history of the Hijra community. Perhaps this silence can bear the loudest testament of the marginalization this gender non-confirming community was subjected to... Read More