New Books Network

Sean Foley, “Changing Saudi Arabia: Art, Culture and Society in the Kingdom” (Lynne Rienner, 2019)
In Changing Saudi Arabia, Art, Culture and Society in the Kingdom (Lynne Rienner, 2019), Sean Foley offers eye-opening insights into a changing society that is under the international magnifying glass. Using the prism of an exploding arts scene populated by artists, comedians, actors, directors and masters of new media from... Read More
Robert Haug, “The Eastern Frontier: Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia” (I. B. Tauris, 2019)
Robert Haug’s new book, The Eastern Frontier: Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia (I. B. Tauris, 2019) is an in-depth look at the frontier zone of the Sassanian, Umayyad, and Abbasid Empires. Employing an impressive array of literary, archaeological, and numismatic sources, combined with a... Read More
Jackson Wu, “Reading Romans with Eastern Eyes: Honor and Shame in Paul’s Message and Mission” (IVP Academic, 2019)
What does it mean to “read Romans with Eastern eyes”? Combining research from Asian scholars with his many years of experience living and working in East Asia, Jackson directs our attention to Paul’s letter to the Romans. He argues that some traditional East Asian cultural values are closer to those... Read More
Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz, “Reciting the Goddess: Narratives of Place and the Making of Hinduism in Nepal” (Oxford UP, 2018)
Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz‘s Reciting the Goddess: Narratives of Place and the Making of Hinduism in Nepal (Oxford University, 2018) represents the very first study of a fascinating Hindu phenomenon: the Svasthanivratakatha (SVK), a sixteenth-century narrative textual tradition native to Nepal surrounding the Goddess, Svasthānī. This work explores Himalayan Hindu religious... Read More
Jessica Starling, “Guardians of the Buddha’s Home: Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jōdo Shinshū” (U Hawaii Press, 2019)
In her recent ethnography, Guardians of the Buddha’s Home: Domestic Religion in Contemporary Jōdo Shinshū (University of Hawaii Press, 2019),  Prof. Jessica Starling invites us into the daily lives of the bōmori, the spouses of priests in the Japanese Jōdo Shinshū, or True Pure Land, tradition. Focusing on domestic religion,... Read More
Laury Silvers, “The Lover” (Kindle Direct Publishers, 2019)
Zaytuna just wants to be left alone to her ascetic practices and nurse her dark view of the world. But when an impoverished servant girl she barely knows comes and begs her to bring some justice to the death of a local boy, she is forced to face the suffering... Read More
Markus Zehnder, “New Studies in the Book of Isaiah: Essays in Honor of Hallvard Hagelia” (Gorgias Press, 2014)
Who is the Suffering Servant? The book of Isaiah is one of the most beloved and well-known prophetic books among both Jews and Christians, but its references to the ‘Suffering Servant’ have been a source of controversy in scholarship. In today’s show, we speak with Dr. Markus Zehnder about the... Read More