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The Royal Asiatic Society was founded in 1823 ‘for the investigation of subjects connected with, and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to, Asia’. Informed by these goals, the policy of the Society’s Editorial Board is to make available in appropriate formats the results of original research in the humanities and social sciences having to do with Asia, defined in the broadest geographical and cultural sense and up to the present day.

Editorial Board:
Professor Francis Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK (Chair); Professor Tim Barrett, SOAS, University of London, UK; Dr Evrim Binbaş, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; Professor Anna Contadini, SOAS, University of London, UK; Professor Michael Feener, National University of Singapore; Dr Gordon Johnson, University of Cambridge, UK; Professor David Morgan, University of Wisconsin–Madison, US; Dr. BMC Brend; Dr. R. Llewellyn Jones MBE

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Islamic Movements in India: Moderation and its Discontents

Islamic Movements in India: Moderation and its Discontents

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Arndt-Walter Emmerich
November 29, 2019

This book analyses the emerging trend of Muslim-minority politics in India and illustrates that a fundamental shift has occurred over the last 20 years from an identity-dominated, self-serving and inward-looking approach by Muslim community leaders, Islamic authorities and social activists that...

Islamic Law and Society in Iran: A Social History of Qajar Tehran

Islamic Law and Society in Iran: A Social History of Qajar Tehran

1st Edition

Nobuaki Kondo
August 14, 2018

The relationship between Islamic law and society is an important issue in Iran under the Islamic Republic. Although Islamic law was a pivotal element in the traditional Iranian society, no comprehensive research has been made until today. This is because modern reformers emphasized the lack of rule...

Urbanisation, Citizenship and Conflict in India: Ahmedabad 1900-2000

Urbanisation, Citizenship and Conflict in India: Ahmedabad 1900-2000

1st Edition

Tommaso Bobbio
June 01, 2018

Urbanisation is rapidly changing the geographic and social landscape of India, and indeed Asia as a whole. Issues of collective violence, urban poverty and discrimination become crucial factors in the redefinition of citizenship not only in legal terms, but also in a cultural and socio-economic...

Anglo-Indians and Minority Politics in South Asia: Race, Boundary Making and Communal Nationalism

Anglo-Indians and Minority Politics in South Asia: Race, Boundary Making and Communal Nationalism

1st Edition

Uther Charlton-Stevens
November 07, 2017

Anglo-Indians are a mixed-race, Christian and Anglophone minority community which arose in South Asia during the long period of European colonialism. An often neglected part of the British Raj, their presence complicates the traditional binary through which British imperialism is viewed – of ruler...

Refugees and the Politics of the Everyday State in Pakistan: Resettlement in Punjab, 1947-1962

Refugees and the Politics of the Everyday State in Pakistan: Resettlement in Punjab, 1947-1962

1st Edition

Elisabetta Iob
September 18, 2017

The Partition of India in 1947 involved the division of two provinces, Bengal and the Punjab, based on district-wise Hindu or Muslim majorities. The Partition displaced between 10 and 12 million people along religious lines. This book provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the...

The Theory of Citrasutras in Indian Painting: A Critical Re-evaluation of their Uses and Interpretations

The Theory of Citrasutras in Indian Painting: A Critical Re-evaluation of their Uses and Interpretations

1st Edition

Isabella Nardi
June 20, 2016

The study of technical treatises in Indian art has increasingly attracted much interest. This work puts forward a critical re-examination of the key Indian concepts of painting described in the Sanskrit treatises, called citrasutras. In an in-depth and systematic analysis of the texts on the theory...

The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India: Material Culture and Kingship

The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India: Material Culture and Kingship

1st Edition

Jennifer Howes
March 03, 2016

This book investigates how the material culture of South Indian courts was perceived by those who lived there in the pre-colonial period. Howes peels away the standard categories used to study Indian palace space, such as public/private and male/female, and replaces them with indigenous...

Studies in Turkic and Mongolic Linguistics

Studies in Turkic and Mongolic Linguistics

2nd Edition

Gerard Clauson
January 21, 2016

This book, now back in print having been unavailable for many years, is one of the most important contributions to Turkic and Mongolic linguistics, and to the contentious 'Altaic theory'. Proponents of the theory hold that Turkish is part of the Altaic family, and that Turkish accordingly exists...

The Rise of the Ottoman Empire: Studies in the History of Turkey, thirteenth–fifteenth Centuries

The Rise of the Ottoman Empire: Studies in the History of Turkey, thirteenth–fifteenth Centuries

1st Edition

Paul Wittek, Colin Heywood
August 14, 2015

Paul Wittek’s The Rise of the Ottoman Empire was first published by the Royal Asiatic Society in 1938 and has been out of print for more than a quarter of a century. The present reissue of the text also brings together translations of some of his other studies on Ottoman history; eight closely...

Society, Politics and Economics in Mazandaran, Iran 1848-1914

Society, Politics and Economics in Mazandaran, Iran 1848-1914

1st Edition

Mohammad Ali Kazembeyki
March 04, 2015

This book is the first major study of provincial history in the Qajar period. Drawing extensively on unpublished Iranian and British documents, it explores the history of Mazandaran, a province in the Caspian region, during 1848-1914, when the province as a part of Iran was exposed to the policies...

The Origins of Himalayan Studies: Brian Houghton Hodgson in Nepal and Darjeeling

The Origins of Himalayan Studies: Brian Houghton Hodgson in Nepal and Darjeeling

1st Edition

David Waterhouse
December 24, 2014

Brian Hodgson lived in Nepal from 1820 to 1843 during which time he wrote and published extensively on Nepalese culture, religion, natural history, architecture, ethnography and linguistics. Contributors from leading historians of Nepal and South Asia and from specialists in Buddhist studies, art...

Hindi Poetry in a Musical Genre: Thumri Lyrics

Hindi Poetry in a Musical Genre: Thumri Lyrics

1st Edition

Lalita du Perron
May 19, 2014

Indian classical music has long been fascinating to Western audiences, most prominently since the Beatles' sessions with Ravi Shankar in the 1960s. This fascination with the musical genre still prevails in the twenty-first century. Hindi Poetry in a Musical Genre examines Thumri Lyrics, a...

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