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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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The Making of Western Indology: Henry Thomas Colebrooke and the East India Company

The Making of Western Indology: Henry Thomas Colebrooke and the East India Company

1st Edition

Rosane Rocher, Ludo Rocher
March 10, 2014

For thirty years in India at the cusp of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Henry Thomas Colebrooke was an administrator and scholar with the East India Company. The Making of Western Indology explains and evaluates Colebrooke’s role as the founder of modern Indology. The book discusses how...

Women, Religion and Culture in Iran

Women, Religion and Culture in Iran

1st Edition

Sarah Ansari, Vanessa Martin
February 05, 2014

Investigates how women, religion and culture have interacted in the context of 19th and 20th century Iran, covering topics as seemingly diverse as the social and cultural history of Persian cuisine, the work and attitudes of 19th century Christian missionaries, the impact of growing female literacy...

State Violence and Punishment in India

State Violence and Punishment in India

1st Edition

Taylor C. Sherman
March 29, 2012

Exploring violent confrontation between the state and the population in colonial and postcolonial India, this book is both a study of the many techniques of colonial coercion and state violence and a cultural history of the different ways in which Indians imbued practices of punishment with their...

The Development of Modern Medicine in Non-Western Countries: Historical Perspectives

The Development of Modern Medicine in Non-Western Countries: Historical Perspectives

1st Edition

Hormoz Ebrahimnejad
February 21, 2012

The history of medicine in non-European countries has often been characterized by the study of their native "traditional" medicine, such as (Galenico-)Islamic medicine, and Ayurvedic or Chinese medicine. Modern medicine in these countries, on the other hand, has usually been viewed as a Western...

Tribal Politics in Iran: Rural Conflict and the New State, 1921-1941

Tribal Politics in Iran: Rural Conflict and the New State, 1921-1941

1st Edition

Stephanie Cronin
November 15, 2010

Placing Iran's 'tribal problem' in its historical context, Tribal Politics in Iran provides an overall assessment on the impact of this crucial period on the character of tribe-state relations in Iran to the end of Pahlavi rule and in the Islamic Republic. It analyzes the political and...

Anglo-Iranian Relations since 1800

Anglo-Iranian Relations since 1800

1st Edition

Vanessa Martin
April 21, 2009

With contributions from renowned experts in the field, this book provides an excellent background to the history of Anglo-Iranian relations. Focusing on the political and economic relationship of Britain and issues of strategic sensitivity, the book also illuminates British relations with...

The Politics of Self-Expression: The Urdu Middleclass Milieu in Mid-Twentieth Century India and Pakistan

The Politics of Self-Expression: The Urdu Middleclass Milieu in Mid-Twentieth Century India and Pakistan

1st Edition

Markus Daechsel
April 21, 2009

The 1930s to 1950s witnessed the rise and dominance of a political culture across much of North India which combined unprecedented levels of mobilization and organization with an effective de-politicization of politics. On the one hand obsessed with world events, people also came to understand...

Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage: Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam of Bhopal

Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage: Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam of Bhopal

1st Edition

Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
April 21, 2009

This is a new and engaging examination of the emergence of a Muslim women’s movement in India. The state of Bhopal, a Muslim principality in central India, was ruled by a succession of female rulers throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, most notably the last Begam of Bhopal, Nawab...

The British Occupation of Indonesia: 1945-1946: Britain, The Netherlands and the Indonesian Revolution

The British Occupation of Indonesia: 1945-1946: Britain, The Netherlands and the Indonesian Revolution

1st Edition

Richard Mcmillan
April 06, 2006

This is the first work to systematically examine the British occupation of Indonesia after the Second World War. The occupation by British-Indian forces between 1945 and 1946 bridged the gap between the surrender of Japan and the resumption of Dutch rule, and this book is a reappraisal of the...

Muslims in India Since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations

Muslims in India Since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations

1st Edition

Yoginder Sikand
April 06, 2006

Muslims in India today are responding to the challenge of religious pluralism in a variety of ways. This book explores the attempts being made by scholar-activists and Muslim organisations to develop new understandings of Islam to relate to people of other faiths and to the modern nation-state, and...

The Zen Arts: An Anthropological Study of the Culture of Aesthetic Form in Japan

The Zen Arts: An Anthropological Study of the Culture of Aesthetic Form in Japan

1st Edition

Rupert Cox
April 06, 2006

The tea ceremony and the martial arts are intimately linked in the popular and historical imagination with Zen Buddhism, and Japanese culture. They are commonly interpreted as religio-aesthetic pursuits which express core spiritual values through bodily gesture and the creation of highly valued...

The Court Chronicle of the Kings of Manipur - Cheitharon Kumpapa: Original Text, Translation and Notes Vol. 1. 33-1763 CE

The Court Chronicle of the Kings of Manipur - Cheitharon Kumpapa: Original Text, Translation and Notes Vol. 1. 33-1763 CE

1st Edition

Saroj N Arambam Parratt
April 01, 2005

This volume contains a copy of the original text of the Cheitharon Kumpapa, the Court Chronicle of the Kings of Manipur which is authorised by the Palace, and the English translation from the original composed in archaic Manipuri script (Meetei Mayek). Explanatory notes and a glossary complement...

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