New Books Network

Patton E. Burchett, “A Genealogy of Devotion: Bhakti, Tantra, Yoga, and Sufism in North India” (Columbia UP, 2019)
How distinct is Indian devotionalism from other strands of Indian religiosity? Is devotionalism necessarily at odds with asceticism in the Hindu world? What about the common contrasting of Hindu devotionalism as ‘religion’ with tantra as ‘black magic’? Patton E. Burchett‘s new book A Genealogy of Devotion: Bhakti, Tantra, Yoga, and... Read More
A. Nilsen, K. Nielsen, A. Vaidya, “Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations” (Pluto Press, 2019)
More than 70 years after its founding, with Narendra Modi’s authoritarian Hindu nationalists in government, is the dream of Indian democracy still alive and well? Indian Democracy: Origins, Trajectories, Contestations (Pluto Press, 2019), a prescient collection of essays, dialogues and commentary from scholars, activists and journalists, tries to come up with answers.... Read More
Jane Hooper, “Feeding Globalization: Madagascar and the Provisioning Trade, 1600-1800” (Ohio UP, 2017)
Madagascar lies so close to the African coast–and so near the predictable wind system of the Indian Ocean–that it’s easy to overlook the island, the fourth largest in the world, when talking about oceanic trade and exploration. But there is a lot to tell. Jane Hooper talks about Madagascar and... Read More
Jeevan Sharma, “Crossing the Border to India: Youth, Migration, and Masculinities in Nepal” (Temple UP, 2018)
People’s decisions to migrate in search of work are often discussed in terms of economic necessity, but these decisions are also shaped by a host of historical and cultural factors. In his new book Crossing the Border to India: Youth, Migration, and Masculinities in Nepal (Temple University Press, 2018), Dr.... Read More
Eric Huntington, “Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism” (U Washington Press, 2018)
Eric Huntington’s Creating the Universe: Depictions of the Cosmos in Himalayan Buddhism (University of Washington Press, 2018) explores the various ways that Buddhists have imagined and represented the cosmos over the last nearly two thousand years of Buddhist history in Tibet, Nepal and India. It is a lushly illustrated volume,... Read More
Dia Da Costa, “Politicizing Creative Economy: Activism and a Hunger Called Theater” (U Illinois Press, 2016)
In a world where heritage, culture, creativity, and the capacity to imagine are themselves commodified and sold under the banner of neoliberal freedom, (how) can art be harnessed for anti-capitalist agendas? At a time when scholars along all points of the political spectrum seem to agree that expressing their creativity... Read More
Nico Slate, “Gandhi’s Search for the Perfect Diet: Eating with the World in Mind” (U Washington Press, 2019)
In this this interview, Carrie Tippen talks with Nico Slate, professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University, about the intersections between diet, spirituality, health, and politics for one of the world’s most famous nonviolent political activists, Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. Slate, who researches anti-racist activism in the United States and India,... Read More