New Books Network

Shai Lavi, “Bioethics and Biopolitics in Israel: Socio-legal, Political and Empirical Analysis” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
Once upon a time, or so we’ve been told, medical ethics were confined to the patient-doctor relationship. As long as doctors were true to their Hippocratic oaths, as long as they acted with compassion and wisdom, then all expectations were met. Life is more complicated today, and so is healthcare:... Read More
Michael Lower, “The Tunis Crusade of 1270: A Mediterranean History” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Why was a Crusade that was initially meant for Syria end up in Tunis? How did the aspirations of the King of France and the Mamluk Sultan, the King of Sicily and the Hafsid Emir of Tunis, get entangled in the years following the Mongol invasion of the Middle East?... Read More
Julia Cassaniti, “Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia” (Cornell UP, 2018)
How do you understand mindfulness? Is your understanding limited by your own culture’s definition of what mindfulness is? These are some of the questions you will ask yourself while reading Remembering the Present: Mindfulness in Buddhist Asia (Cornell University Press, 2018). In today’s podcast, Prof. Julia Cassaniti takes us on... Read More
Ithamar Theodor, “Exploring the Bhagavad Gītā: Philosophy, Structure and Meaning” (Routledge, 2016)
The Bhagavad Gītā remains to this day a mainstay of Hinduism and Hindu Studies alike, despite the profusion of books written on it over the centuries. While the Gītā’s profundity is evident, its meaning most certainly is not. Is there a unity within the Bhagavad Gītā? Ithamar Theodor’s Exploring the... Read More
Nazia Kazi, “Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018)
Nazia Kazi’s Islamophobia, Race, and Global Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018) is a brilliant and powerful meditation on the intersection and interaction of Islamophobia, racism, and U.S. imperial state power. This book seeks to reorient our understanding of Islamophobia from a phenomenon centered on individual attitudes and perceptions of hate,... Read More
Lynn Kaye, “Time In The Babylonian Talmud: Natural and Imagined Times in Jewish Law and Narrative” (Cambridge UP, 2018)
The great writer Jorge Luis Borges said, “Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am... Read More
Harshita M. Kamath, “The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance” (U California Press, 2019)
Harshita M. Kamath‘s new book The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance (University of California Press, 2019) features an investigation of men donning a women’s guises to impersonate female characters – most notably Satyabhāmā, the wife of the Hindu deity Krishna –within the insular Brahmin community of the... Read More