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India and Subcontinent

  • Living without the Deadby Piers Vitebsky

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 25.00

    Just one generation ago, the Sora tribe in India lived in a world populated by the spirits of their dead, who spoke to them through shamans in trance. Every day, they negotiated their wellbeing  in heated arguments or in quiet reflections on their feelings of love, anger, and guilt.   Today, young Sora are rejecting the worldview of their... more...

  • Being Hinduby Hindol Sengupta

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 33.00

    Told from the frank and refreshing perspective of a practicing Hindu, this book analyses the importance of Hinduism as the secular, plural middle path in the battle between Islam and Christianity that is playing out across the globe. Being Hindu presents a faith of peace, liberation, and understanding in an increasingly violent world. more...

  • From Temple to Museumby Salila Kulshreshtha

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    Religious icons have been a contested terrain across the world. Their implications and understanding travel further than the artistic or the aesthetic and inform contemporary preoccupations.This book traces the lives of religious sculptures beyond the moment of their creation. It lays bare their purpose and evolution by contextualising them in their... more...

  • An Autobiography or The Story of My Experiments with Truthby Tridip Suhrud

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 30.00

    In his translator's preface to the revised edition of Gandhiji's autobiography, Mahadev Desai stated: ?It has now undergone careful revision, and from the point of view of language, it has had the benefit of careful revision by a revered friend, who, among many other things, has the reputation of being an eminent English scholar?. The identity of the... more...

  • Terrestrial Lessonsby Sumathi Ramaswamy

    University of Chicago Press 2017; US$ 45.00

    Why and how do debates about the form and disposition of our Earth shape enlightened subjectivity and secular worldliness in colonial modernity? Sumathi Ramaswamy explores this question for British India with the aid of the terrestrial globe, which since the sixteenth century has circulated as a worldly symbol, a scientific instrument, and not least... more...

  • Persistence of Poverty in Indiaby Nandini Gooptu; Jonathan Parry

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    What distinguishes Persistence of Poverty from most other poverty studies is the way in which it conceptualises the problem. This volume offers a variety of alternative analytical perspectives and fresh insights into poverty that are key to addressing the problem. In looking at the day to day lived realities of the poor the volume points out that in... more...

  • Mahabharata Nowby Arindam Chakrabarti; Sibaji Bandyopadhyay

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 52.95

    The Mahabharata is at once an archive and a living text, a sourcebook complete by itself and an open text perennially under construction. Driving home this striking contemporary relevance of the famous Indian epic, Mahabharata Now focuses on the issues of narration, aesthetics and ethics, as also their interlinkages. The cross-disciplinary essays... more...

  • Evil and the Philosophy of Retributionby Sanjay Palshikar

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 52.95

    What is ‘evil’? What are the ways of overcoming this destructive and morally recalcitrant phenomenon? To what extent is the use of punitive violence tenable? Evil and the Philosophy of Retribution compares the responses of three modern Indian commentators on the Bhagavad-Gita — Aurobindo Ghose, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Mahatma Gandhi. The book reveals... more...

  • Negotiating Cultural Identityby Himanshu Prabha Ray

    Taylor and Francis 2017; US$ 54.95

    This volume breaks new ground by conceptualizing landscape as a dynamic cultural complex in which the natural world and human practice are inextricably linked and are constantly interacting. It examines the social and cultural construction of space in the early medieval period in South Asia, as manifest in society, religious architecture and as shaped... more...

  • Missionary Christianity and Local Religionby Arun W. Jones

    Baylor University Press 2017; US$ 59.95

    The first Christian communities were established among the population of Hindi- and Urdu-speaking North India during the middle of the nineteenth century. The evangelical North American Presbyterian and Methodist missionaries who arrived in what were considered the Hindu heartlands discovered a social and religious landscape far more diverse than expected.... more...