New Books Network

Sana Aiyar, “Indians in Kenya: The Politics of Diaspora” (Harvard UP, 2015)
In Indians in Kenya: The Politics of Diaspora (Harvard University Press, 2015), Sana Aiyer investigates how Indian diasporic actors influenced the course of Kenya’s political history, from partnering with Europeans in their colonial mission in East Africa to political solidarity with Africans in their anticolonial struggles. Working as merchants, skilled tradesmen,... Read More
Audrey Truschke, “Aurangzeb: The Life and Legacy of India’s Most Controversial King” (Stanford UP, 2017)
For many, the history of the Mughal empire looms heavy over contemporary South Asian social imaginaries. The lightning rod figure within modern day myths about the past is the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb (1618-1707). Some think of him as a violent Muslim fanatic who went out of his way to oppress... Read More
Alessandro Graheli, “The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Philosophy of Language” (Bloomsbury, 2020)
The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Philosophy of Language (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) spans over two thousand years of inquiry into language in the Indian subcontinent. Edited by Alessandro Graheli, project leader in the Institute for the Cultural and Intellectual History of Asia at the Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna, Austria,... Read More
Martin Gansten, “The Jewel of Annual Astrology: A Translation of Balabhadra’s Hāyanaratna” (Brill, 2020)
We speak with Martin Gansten on his groundbreaking edition and translation of Balabhadra’s Hāyanaratna (1649), the first-ever scholarly volume on Sanskritized Perso-Arabic (Tājika) astrology. The Jewel of Annual Astrology (A Translation of Balabhadra’s Hāyanaratna) (Brill). In addition to speaking about this work, we dive into the perplexing world of Indian astrology. This... Read More
Shankar Nair, “Translating Wisdom: Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early Modern South Asia” (U California Press, 2020)
Shankar Nair’s new book Translating Wisdom: Hindu-Muslim Intellectual Interactions in Early Modern South Asia (University of California Press, 2020) is an intellectually daring and dazzlingly imaginative study of scholarly interactions, made visible through translation, between Sanskrit and Arabo-Persian philosophical traditions in premodern South Asia. Centered on the 16th-century Persian translation... Read More
Jeffery D. Long, “Hinduism in America” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)
In Hinduism in America (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020), Jeffrey D. Long traces two worlds that converge – that of Hindu immigrants to America who strive to preserve their traditions in a foreign land, and that of American spiritual seekers who turn to Hindu practices and ideas. Long explores the influence of... Read More
Arti Dhand, “Woman as Fire, Woman as Sage: Sexual Ideology in the Mahabharata” (SUNY Press, 2008)
The Hindu tradition has held conflicting views on womanhood from its earliest texts—holding women aloft as goddesses to be worshipped on the one hand and remaining deeply suspicious about women’s sexuality on the other. In Woman as Fire, Woman as Sage: Sexual Ideology in the Mahabharata (SUNY Press, 2008), Arti... Read More
Kareem Khubchandani, “Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife” (Michigan UP, 2020)
Ishtyle: Accenting Gay Indian Nightlife (University of Michigan Press, 2020) follows queer South Asian men across borders into gay neighborhoods, nightclubs, bars, and house parties in Bangalore and Chicago. Bringing the cultural practices they are most familiar with into these spaces, these men accent the aesthetics of nightlife cultures through... Read More
Uzma Quraishi, “Redefining the Immigrant South” (UNC Press, 2020)
In Redefining the Immigrant South: Indian and Pakistani Immigration to Houston During the Cold War (University of North Carolina Press), Uzma Quraishi (Sam Houston State University) follows the Cold War-era journeys of South Asian international students from U.S. Information Service reading rooms in India and Pakistan, to the halls of... Read More
Naomi Appleton, “Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40” (Equinox, 2020)
Naomi Appleton‘s new book Many Buddhas, One Buddha: A Study and Translation of Avadānaśataka 1-40 (Equinox Publishing, 2020) introduces a significant section of the important early Indian Buddhist text known as the Avadānaśataka, or “One Hundred Stories”, and explores some of its perspectives on buddhahood. This text, composed in Sanskrit... Read More