New Books Network

Patton E. Burchett, “A Genealogy of Devotion: Bhakti, Tantra, Yoga, and Sufism in North India” (Columbia UP, 2019)
How distinct is Indian devotionalism from other strands of Indian religiosity? Is devotionalism necessarily at odds with asceticism in the Hindu world? What about the common contrasting of Hindu devotionalism as ‘religion’ with tantra as ‘black magic’? Patton E. Burchett‘s new book A Genealogy of Devotion: Bhakti, Tantra, Yoga, and... Read More
Deonnie Moodie, “The Making of a Modern Temple and a Hindu City: Kālīghāṭ and Kolkata” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Dr. Deonnie Moodie is Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions at the University of Oklahoma. Her book, The Making of a Modern Temple and a Hindu City: Kālīghāṭ and Kolkata (Oxford University Press, 2018), examines the history of the Kalighat temple of Kolkata and how that temple has been a... Read More
Anway Mukhopadhyay, “The Goddess in Hindu-Tantric Traditions: Devī as Corpse” (Routledge, 2018)
Why is the Indian Goddess sometimes figured as a corpse in Tantric Traditions? What is the significance of this? How is it different from when the Hindu god Shiva is figured as a corpse? Centered on the myth of Sati (whereby the Goddess was dismembered after her self-immolation), Anway Mukhopadhyay‘s... Read More
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
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
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