New Books Network

Jyoti Puri, “Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle over the Antisodomy Law in India” (Duke UP, 2016)
In Sexual States: Governance and the Struggle over the Antisodomy Law in India (Duke University Press, 2016), Jyoti Puri tracks the efforts to decriminalize homosexuality in India to show how the regulation of sexuality is fundamentally tied to the creation and enduring existence of the state. Since 2001 activists have... Read More
Julia Stephens, “Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism in Modern South Asia” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
As British colonial rulers expanded their control in South Asia legal resolutions were increasingly shaped by the English classification of social life. The definitional divide that structured the role of law in most cases was the line between what was deemed religious versus secular. In Governing Islam: Law, Empire, and Secularism... Read More
Peter Adamson, “Classical Indian Philosophy” (Oxford UP, 2020)
In Classical Indian Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2020), Peter Adamson and Jonardon Ganeri survey both the breadth and depth of Indian philosophical traditions. Their odyssey touches on the earliest extant Vedic literature, the Mahābhārata, the Bhagavad-Gīta, the rise of Buddhism and Jainism, the sūtra traditions encompassing logic, epistemology, the monism... Read More
Archana Venkatesan, “Endless Song: Tiruvaymoli” (Penguin, 2020)
Endless Song (Oxford University Press, 2019) is Dr. Archana Venkatesan’s exquisite translation of the Tiruvaymoli (sacred utterance), a brilliant 1102-verse ninth century tamil poem celebrating the poet Nammalvar’s mystical quest for union with his supreme lord, the Hindu great god Viṣṇu. In this interview we discuss the sophisticated structure and profound content of the Tiruvaymoli, along with the... Read More
Elizabeth A. Cecil, “Mapping the Pāśupata Landscape” (Brill, 2020)
Elizabeth A. Cecil‘s Mapping the Pāśupata Landscape: Narrative, Place, and the Śaiva Imaginary in Early Medieval North India (Brill, 2020) weaves together material from the Sanskrit text Skandapurāṇa, physical landscapes, inscriptions, monuments, and icons to provide groundbreaking insight into the earliest known community of Śiva devotees: the Pāśupatas. Through examining... Read More
Suzanne Newcombe, “Yoga in Britain: Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis” (Equinox, 2019)
Paying special attention to sociocultural threads form the period 1945-1980, Suzanne Newcombe‘s new book Yoga in Britain: Stretching Spirituality and Educating Yogis (Equinox, 2019) charts the trajectory of how yoga in became mainstream in Britain to the point of being taught to thousands of middle-class women in adult education classes. ... Read More
Pawan Dhingra, “Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough” (NYU Press, 2020)
Pawan Dhingra‘s new book Hyper Education: Why Good Schools, Good Grades, and Good Behavior Are Not Enough (NYU Press, 2020) is an up-close evaluation of the competitive nature of the United States education system and the extra-curricular and co-curricular activities associated with them. Dhingra reveals the subculture of high-achievement in... Read More
Pankaj Jain, “Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora” (Routledge, 2019)
Pankaj Jain, Dharma in America: A Short History of Hindu-Jain Diaspora (Routledge, 2019) provides a concise history of Hindus and Jains in the Americas over the last two centuries, highlighting contributions to the economic and intellectual growth of the US in particular. Pankaj Jain pays special attention to contributions of... Read More
Maura Finkelstein, “The Archive of Loss: Lively Ruination in Mill Land Mumbai” (Duke UP, 2019)
Mumbai’s textile industry is commonly but incorrectly understood to be an extinct relic of the past. In The Archive of Loss: Lively Ruination in Mill Land Mumbai (Duke University Press, 2019), Maura Finkelstein examines what it means for textile mill workers—who are assumed not to exist—to live and work during... Read More