New Books Network

Shadaab Rahemtullah, “Qur’an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam” (Oxford UP, 2017)
Shadaab Rahemtullah‘s book Qur’an of the Oppressed: Liberation Theology and Gender Justice in Islam (Oxford University Press, 2017) offers a compelling comparative analysis of the works of four Muslim scholars of Islam – Asghar Ali Engineer, Farid Esack, Amina Wadud, and Asma Barlas. The book serves as an excellent introduction... Read More
Brian A. Stauffer, “Victory on Earth or in Heaven: Mexico’s Religionero Rebellion” (U New Mexico Press, 2019)
In Victory on Earth or in Heaven: Mexico’s Religionero Rebellion (University of New Mexico Press, 2019), Brian A. Stauffer reconstructs the history of Mexico’s forgotten “Religionero” rebellion of 1873-1877, an armed Catholic challenge to the government of Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada. An essentially grassroots movement–organized by indigenous, Afro-Mexican, and mestizo... Read More
Knut A. Jacobsen, “Yoga in Modern Hinduism: Hariharānanda Āraṇya and Sāṃkhyayoga” (Routledge, 2017)
In his book Yoga in Modern Hinduism: Hariharānanda Āraṇya and Sāṃkhyayoga (Routledge, 2017), Knut A. Jacobsen examines the Kāpil Maṭh, a Sāṃkhyayoga institution emerging in the late nineteenth century Bengal. This movement (developing contemporaneously with modern yoga) is centered on the cave-dwelling renunciant yogin Hariharānanda Āraṇya. This book offers a... Read More
Christine Fair, “In Their Own Words: Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba” (Oxford UP, 2018)
The attacks on the luxurious Taj Hotel in Mumbai in 2008 put Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, a jihadist terrorist group, in the international / Western spotlight for the first time, though they had been deadly active in India and Afghanistan for decades. In her book In Their Own Words: Understanding Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (Oxford University... Read More
Kate Imy, “Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army” (Stanford UP, 2019)
In her fascinating and remarkable new book Faithful Fighters: Identity and Power in the British Indian Army (Stanford University Press, 2019), Kate Imy explores the negotiation of religious identity, military service, and imperial power in the context of twentieth century British India. How were preconceived British imperial notions of religion and... Read More
C. Baker and P. Phongpaichit, “From the Fifty Jātaka: Selections from the Thai Paññāsa Jātaka” (Silkworm Books, 2019)
The Jātaka tales, or stories of the Buddha’s previous lives as a bodhisatta, are included in the Pāli Canon and have for centuries been a rich source of inspiration in Theravada Buddhism. In addition to these classical Jātaka, a number of other non-canonical Jātaka tales emerged in Southeast Asia and... Read More
Benjamin E. Park, “Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier” (Norton, 2020)
In Kingdom of Nauvoo: The Rise and Fall of a Religious Empire on the American Frontier (W. W. Norton, 2020), Benjamin E. Park, an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University, examines a neglected part of the Mormon past — the establishment of a thriving Latter-day Saint metropolis in Illinois. In... Read More