New Books Network

Filippo Marsili, “Heaven Is Empty: A Cross-Cultural Approach to ‘Religion’ and Empire in Ancient China” (SUNY Press, 2018)
Heaven Is Empty: A Cross-Cultural Approach to ‘Religion’ and Empire in Ancient China (SUNY Press, 2018) offers a new comparative perspective on the role of the sacred in the formation of China’s early empires (221 BCE–9 CE) and shows how the unification of the Central States was possible without a... 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
Lori Gemeiner-Bihler, “Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945” (SUNY Press, 2019)
In the years following Hitler’s rise to power, German Jews faced increasingly restrictive antisemitic laws, and many responded by fleeing to more tolerant countries. Cities of Refuge: German Jews in London and New York, 1935-1945 (SUNY Press, 2019), compares the experiences of Jewish refugees who immigrated to London and New... Read More
Benjamin Balint, “Jerusalem: City of the Book” (Yale UP, 2019)
“The library is a gathering pool of narratives and of the people who come to find them. It is where we can glimpse immortality; in the library, we can live forever.” ― Susan Orlean, The Library Book. Benjamin Balint and Merav Mack‘s Jerusalem: City of the Book (Yale University Press,... Read More
Arbella Bet-Shlimon, “City of Black Gold: Oil, Ethnicity, and the Making of Modern Kirkuk” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In her debut book, City of Black Gold: Oil, Ethnicity, and the Making of Modern Kirkuk (Stanford University Press, 2019), Arbella Bet-Shlimon explores the vibrant and often troubled history of one of Iraq’s most diverse and oil-rich cities. Bet-Shlimon begins at the twilight of the Ottoman Empire, illustrating the fluidity of identities... Read More
Narges Bajoghli, “Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic” (Stanford UP, 2019)
Narges Bajoghli’s gripping new book Iran Reframed: Anxieties of Power in the Islamic Republic (Stanford UP, 2019) presents a riveting ethnography of pro-regime media networks in Iran, and sketches an intimate portrait of the actors, projects, and infrastructures invested in preserving and packaging the memory of the Islamic revolution 40... Read More