New Books Network

Farhat Haq, “Shariʿa and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics” (Routledge, 2019)
Few doctrinal and political issues are more controversial in Pakistan today than that of blasphemy. In her excellent and engaging new book Shariʿa and the State in Pakistan: Blasphemy Politics (Routledge, 2019), Farhat Haq presents the history and present of blasphemy laws, debates, and politics in Pakistan, in a manner that... Read More
Mark McClish, “The History of the Arthaśāstra: Sovereignty and Sacred Law in Ancient India” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Was ancient India ruled by politics or religion? In The History of the Arthaśāstra: Sovereignty and Sacred Law in Ancient India (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Mark McClish explores the Arthaśāstra (ancient India’s foundational treatise on statecraft and governance) to problematize the common scholarly idea that politics in ancient India was... Read More
Ather Zia, “Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism” (U Washington Press, 2019)
Ather Zia’s Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women’s Activism (University of Washington Press, 2019) is a brilliant, bold, and urgent ethnography centered on Kashmiri women of the APDP (Association of the Parents of the Disappeared Persons). By combining meticulous historical analysis, ethnographic intimacy, and profound attention to the aspirations and... Read More
Kim A. Wagner, “The Skull of Alum Bheg: The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857” (Oxford UP, 2018)
How did a Danish historian wind up with a human skull from colonial India in his University of London office? Kim A. Wagner’s The Skull of Alum Bheg: The Life and Death of a Rebel of 1857 (Oxford University Press, 2018) tells two stories. The first concerns the way in... Read More
Dolly Kikon, “Living with Oil and Coal: Resource Politics and Militarization in Northeast India” (U Washington Press, 2019)
In Living with Oil and Coal: Resource Politics and Militarization in Northeast India (University of Washington Press, 2019), anthropologist Dolly Kikon offers a rich account of life in the midst of a landscape defined by multiple overlapping extractive industries and plantation economies, and of the social relations through which a... Read More
Malcolm Keating, “Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy” (Bloomsbury, 2019)
Philosophy of Language was a central concern in classical Indian Philosophy.  Philosophers in the tradition discussed testimony, pragmatics, and the religious implications of language, among other topics.  In his new book, Language, Meaning, and Use in Indian Philosophy: An Introduction to Mukula’s ‘Fundamentals of the Communicative Function’ (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019),... Read More
Shayne Legassie, “The Medieval Invention of Travel” (U Chicago Press, 2017)
Shayne Legassie talks about medieval travel, especially long distance travel, and the way it was feared, praised, and sometimes treated with suspicion. He also talks about the role the Middle Ages played in creating modern conceptions of travel and travel writing. Legassie is an associate professor of English and Comparative... Read More