New Books Network

Ahmet T. Kuru, “Islam, Authoritarianism, and Underdevelopment: A Global and Historical Comparison” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Ahmet T. Kuru’s new book Islam, Authoritarianism and Underdevelopment, A Global and Historical Comparison (Cambridge University Press, 2019) is a ground-breaking history and analysis of the evolution of the state in Muslim countries. Thoroughly researched and accessibly written, Kuru’s work traces the template of the modern-day state in many Muslim-majority... Read More
Andrew Ollett, “Language of the Snakes” (U California Press, 2017)
Andrew Ollett, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago, argues in his book, Language of the Snakes (University of California Press, 2017), that Prakrit is “the most important Indian language you’ve never heard of.” In this book, subtitled “Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language... Read More
SherAli Tareen, “Defending Muhammad in Modernity” (U Notre Dame Press, 2020)
In his new book Defending Muhammad in Modernity (University of Notre Dame Press, 2020), SherAli Tareen, an associate professor of Religious Studies at Franklin and Marshall College, takes us into the fascinating world of the ‘ulama (theologians) of the late eighteenth and nineteenth century South Asian Islam. Situated historically within... Read More
Patrick Inglis, “Narrow Fairways: Getting By and Falling Behind in the New India” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Processes of globalization—the liberalization of national markets, the rapid movement of goods, services, and labor across national borders—have had profound impacts on local contexts, perhaps especially so in the Global South. While some people in the worlds of business, media, and even academia praise such policies for benefitting the poor... Read More
Jennifer B. Saunders, “Imagining Religious Communities: Transnational Hindus and their Narrative Performances” (Oxford UP, 2019)
Imagining Religious Communities: Transnational Hindus and their Narrative Performances (Oxford University Press, 2019) tells the story of the Gupta family through the personal and religious narratives they tell as they create and maintain their extended family and community across national borders. Based on ethnographic research, the book demonstrates the ways... Read More
Dr. Alice Collett, “Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biographies as History” (Oxford UP, 2016)
Dr. Alice Collett’s monograph Lives of Early Buddhist Nuns: Biographies as History (Oxford University Press, 2016) delves into the lives of six of the best-known nuns from the period of early Buddhism: Dhammadinnā, Khemā, Kisāgotamī, Paṭācārā, Bhaddā Kuṇḍalakesā, and Uppalavaṇṇā, all of whom are said to have been direct disciples... Read More
Kenneth R. Valpey, “Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019)
What does cow care in India have to offer modern Western discourse animal ethics? Why are cows treated with such reverence in the Indian context? Join us as we speak to Kenneth R. Valpey about his new book Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Valpey discusses his... Read More