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Sons of Sarasvati
Sons of Sarasvati (September 2018)
Late Exemplars of the Indian Intellectual Tradition
Chinya V. Ravishankar - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

Presents rare biographies of traditional Indian scholars during the nineteenth century, a critical moment of transition for the Indian intellectual tradition.

Traditional Indian pāṇḍitya (scholarship) has a long and distinguished history but is now practically extinct. Its decline is remarkably recent—traditional pāṇḍitya flourished as recently as 150 years ago. The decline is...(Read More)
The Concept of Bharatavarsha and Other Essays
The Concept of Bharatavarsha and Other Essays (September 2018)
B. D. Chattopadhyaya - Author

This exploration of key terms related to social and political order, found in early Indian texts, challenges the idea of a unified ancient India and a unified national identity at that time.

This collection explores what may be called the idea of India in ancient times. Its undeclared objective is to identify key concepts which show early Indian civilization as distinct and differently oriented from other formations.

The...(Read More)
Nine Nights of the Goddess
Nine Nights of the Goddess (August 2018)
The Navaratri Festival in South Asia
Caleb Simmons - Editor
Moumita Sen - Editor
Hillary Rodrigues - Editor

Explores the contemporary nature and the diverse narratives, rituals, and performances of the Navarātri festival.

Nine Nights of the Goddess explores the festival of Navarātri—alternatively called Navarātra, Mahānavamī, Durgā Pūjā, Dasarā, and/or Dassain—which lasts for nine nights and ends with a celebration called Vijayadaśamī, or “the tenth (day) ...(Read More)
Religious Journeys in India
Religious Journeys in India (June 2018)
Pilgrims, Tourists, and Travelers
Andrea Marion Pinkney - Editor
John Whalen-Bridge - Editor

Explores how religious travel in India is transforming religious identities and self-constructions.

In an increasingly global world where convenient modes of travel have opened the door to international and intraregional tourism and brought together people from different religious and ethnic communities, religious journeying in India has become the site of evolving and often paradoxical forms of self-construction. Through ethno...(Read More)
Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora
Protestant Christianity in the Indian Diaspora (February 2018)
Abjected Identities, Evangelical Relations, and Pentecostal Visions
Robbie B. H. Goh - Author

Captures how Indian Protestant Christians negotiate their religious and cultural identities within the Indian diaspora.

This is the first comprehensive study of Protestant Christian religious identities in the Indian diaspora. Using qualitative interview methods, Robbie B. H. Goh captures the experiences of Indian Protestants in ten different countries and regions, describing how Indian communal Christian identities are negotia...(Read More)
Ritual Innovation
Ritual Innovation (February 2018)
Strategic Interventions in South Asian Religion
Brian K. Pennington - Editor
Amy L. Allocco - Editor

Challenges prevailing conceptions of what religious ritual does and how it achieves its ends.

Religious rituals are often seen as unchanging and ahistorical bearers of long-standing traditions. But as this book demonstrates, ritual is a lively platform for social change and innovation in the religions of South Asia. Drawing from Hindu and Jain examples in India, Nepal, and North America,the essays in this volume, written by ren...(Read More)
Everyday Sustainability
Everyday Sustainability (November 2017)
Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling
Debarati Sen - Author

Illuminates the contradictions that emerge within conscious capitalism initiatives that are designed to empower women.

Everyday Sustainability takes readers to ground zero of market-based sustainability initiatives—Darjeeling, India—where Fair Trade ostensibly promises gender justice to minority Nepali women engaged in organic tea production. These women tea farmers and plantation workers have distinct entrepreneurial...(Read More)
Hindu Pasts
Hindu Pasts (September 2017)
Women, Religion, Histories
Vasudha Dalmia - Author

Challenges the monolithic view of Hindusim in the nineteenth century, and instead offers a vision of India that contains a rich multiplicity of Hinduisms, women’s stories, and cultural histories.

In her introduction to Hindu Pasts—which showcases her work as a scholar of social, literary, and religious history—Vasudha Dalmia outlines the central ideas which thread her writings: first, to understand in g...(Read More)
Text and Tradition in South India
Text and Tradition in South India (July 2017)
Velcheru Narayana Rao - Author
Sanjay Subrahmanyam - Introduction

Essays on Telugu and South Indian literature and culture by distinguished Telugu scholar Narayana Rao.

Velcheru Narayana Rao’s contribution to understanding Indian cultural history, literary production, and intellectual life—specifically from the vantage of the Andhra region—has few parallels. He is one of the very rare scholars to be able to reflect magisterially on the precolonial and colonial periods. He mo...(Read More)
Re-ending the Mahabharata
Re-ending the Mahabharata (April 2017)
The Rejection of Dharma in the Sanskrit Epic
Naama Shalom - Author

Offers a fresh perspective on the Mahābhārata based on an exploration of its ending, the Svargārohaṇa parvan.

This book challenges two prevalent assumptions about the Mahābhārata: that its narrative is inherently incapable of achieving a conclusion and that its ending, the Svargārohaṇa parvan, is an extraneous part of the text. While the exegetic tradi...(Read More)
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