New Books Network

Bhikkhu Anālayo, “Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research” (Wisdom Publications, 2018)
In today’s podcast, I speak with German professor and Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Anālayo at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies about his book Rebirth in Early Buddhism and Current Research (Wisdom Publications, 2018). Bhikkhu Anālayo skillfully analyzes the early Buddhist doctrine of rebirth before discussing the debate around rebirth throughout... Read More
Borayin Larios, “Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra” (De Gruyter, 2017)
Embodying the Vedas: Traditional Vedic Schools of Contemporary Maharashtra (De Gruyter, 2017; open access) probes the backbone of what makes Hinduism the world’s oldest living tradition: the unbroken chain of transmission of Vedic texts composed over 3,000 years ago, originating circa 1750-1200 BCE.  What does the process of that transmission look... Read More
Paul J. Kosmin, “Time and Its Adversaries in the Seleucid Empire” (Harvard UP, 2018)
In the aftermath of Alexander the Great’s conquests, the Seleucid kings ruled a vast territory stretching from Central Asia to Anatolia, Armenia to the Persian Gulf. In a radical move to impose unity and regulate behavior, this Graeco-Macedonian imperial power introduced a linear and transcendent conception of time. Under Seleucid... Read More
Richa Kaul Padte, “Cyber Sexy: Rethinking Pornography” (Penguin Random House India, 2018)
Parents, teachers, feminists, conservatives, lawyers, the concerned citizen – pornography raises everyone’s hackles. Author Richa Kaul Padte approaches pornography with a combination of light-hearted camaraderie and intellectual curiosity instead. Taking seriously the notion that every individual has sexual rights, Kaul Padte explores the twinned fates of gendered representations and subjectivity... Read More
Nathan McGovern, “The Snake and The Mongoose: The Emergence of Identity in Early Indian Religion” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The history of Indian religions in the centuries leading up to the common era has been characterized in the scholarship by two distinct overarching traditions: the Brahmans (associated with Vedic texts, caste, and Vedic rituals) and the renouncer (śramaṇa) movements we see in the Upanishads, and in Jainism and Buddhism.  Were... Read More
Claire Pamment, “Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
Claire Pamment’s book Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) is a fantastic new book centered on the Punjabi folk art of the Bhānd, or comic performance. Pamment explores the history and present of the Bhānd and Bhānd artists through a thoroughly interdisciplinary lens that engages performance studies, ethnography,... Read More