New Books Network

A. M. Ruppel, “The Cambridge Introduction to Sanskrit” (Cambridge UP, 2017)
Why would anyone want to study Sanskrit, an ancient complex tongue? What’s the best way to go about doing so?  Sanskrit is the highly sophisticated language of ancient India which remained in vogue for Millennia as a medium of philosophy, ritual, poetry – indeed every facet of Indian culture. Above and... Read More
Jeremy Black, “Imperial Legacies: The British Empire Around the World” (Encounter Books, 2019)
Are you tired of the constant refrain from our campus radicals and their bien-pensant allies in the intelligentsia that the United States and the United Kingdom, AKA the American and the British empires are the source of all the problems in the world, past and present?  Do you not regard... Read More
Raj Balkaran, “The Goddess and The King in Indian Myth” (Routledge, 2018)
Why are myths of the Indian Great Goddess couched in a conversation between a deposed king and forest-dwelling ascetic? What happens when we examine these myths as a literary whole, frame and all? What interpretive clues might we find in their very narrative design? Join us in the “flip interview”... Read More
Muhammad Qasim Zaman, “Islam in Pakistan: A History” (Princeton UP, 2018)
Muhammad Qasim Zaman’s Islam in Pakistan: A History (Princeton University Press, 2018) is a landmark publication in the fields of Religious Studies, modern Islam, South Asian Islam, and by far the most important and monumental contribution to date in the study of Islam in Pakistan. This book takes the reader... Read More
Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, “In Dialogue with Classical Indian Traditions: Encounter, Transformation and Interpretation” (Routledge, 2019)
Why does the narrative motif of ‘dialogue’ pervade Hindu texts?  What role does it serve?  Join me as I speak with Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (Fellow of the British Academy, and distinguished professor of Comparative Religion and Philosophy at Lancaster University), co-editor of In Dialogue with Classical Indian Traditions: Encounter, Transformation and Interpretation (Routledge, 2019).... Read More
David V. Mason, “The Performative Ground of Religion and Theatre” (Routledge, 2018)
To what extent may we say that religion is a theatrical phenomenon, and that theatre is a religious experience? Can making sense of one help us make sense of the other? Join us as we dive into The Performative Ground of Religion and Theatre (Routledge, 2018) with its author David... Read More
Shonaleeka Kaul, “The Making of Early Kashmir: Landscape and Identity in the Rajatarangini” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Dr. Shonaleeka Kaul is a cultural historian of early South Asia specializing in working with Sanskrit texts. She is Associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, and has worked extensively on Sanskrit kavya, a genre of highly aesthetic poetry and prose. She is the author of... Read More