Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

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This Series, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, reflects on the complex relationship between religion and society through new perspectives and advances in archaeology. It looks at this critical interface to provide alternative understandings of communities, beliefs, cultural systems, sacred sites, ritual practices, food habits, dietary modifications, power, and agents of political legitimisation. The books in the Series underline the importance of archaeological evidence in the production of knowledge of the past. They also emphasise that a systematic study of religion requires engagement with a diverse range of sources such as inscriptions, iconography, numismatics and architectural remains.

  • Negotiating Cultural Identity: Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History book cover

    Negotiating Cultural Identity

    Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History, 2nd Edition

    Edited by Himanshu Prabha Ray

    This volume breaks new ground by conceptualizing physical landscapes as living cultural bodies. It redefines dynamic cultural landscapes as catalysts in which the natural world and human practice are inextricably linked and are constantly interacting. Drawing on research by eminent archaeologists,…

    Hardback – 2019-07-02
    Routledge India
    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

  • From Temple to Museum: Colonial Collections and Umā Maheśvara Icons in the Middle Ganga Valley book cover

    From Temple to Museum

    Colonial Collections and Umā Maheśvara Icons in the Middle Ganga Valley, 1st Edition

    By Salila Kulshreshtha

    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…

    Paperback – 2019-05-21
    Routledge India
    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

  • Women and Monastic Buddhism in Early South Asia: Rediscovering the invisible believers book cover

    Women and Monastic Buddhism in Early South Asia

    Rediscovering the invisible believers, 1st Edition

    By Garima Kaushik

    This book uses gender as a framework to offer unique insights into the socio-cultural foundations of Buddhism. Moving away from dominant discourses that discuss women as a single monolithic, homogenous category—thus rendering them invisible within the broader religious discourse—this monograph…

    Paperback – 2018-01-15
    Routledge India
    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

  • Buddhism and Gandhara: An Archaeology of Museum Collections book cover

    Buddhism and Gandhara

    An Archaeology of Museum Collections, 1st Edition

    Edited by Himanshu Prabha Ray

    Gandhara is a name central to Buddhist heritage and iconography. It is the ancient name of a region in present-day Pakistan, bounded on the west by the Hindu Kush mountain range and to the north by the foothills of the Himalayas. ‘Gandhara’ is also the term given to this region’s sculptural and…

    Hardback – 2017-12-05
    Routledge India
    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

  • Negotiating Cultural Identity: Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History book cover

    Negotiating Cultural Identity

    Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History, 1st Edition

    Edited by Himanshu Prabha Ray

    This book draws on research by archaeologists, numismatists and historians on the social and cultural construction of landscapes in India. It deals with the perception, use and representation of the landscape as an essential dimension of life in the early medieval period.…

    Paperback – 2017-11-29
    Routledge India
    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

  • Archaeology and Religion in Early Northwest India: History, Theory, Practice book cover

    Archaeology and Religion in Early Northwest India

    History, Theory, Practice, 1st Edition

    By Daniel Michon

    This book explains how the early historic archaeological record of Punjab was put to use in the process of identity formation in the colonial and postcolonial periods. It focuses on the archaeological material with an eye towards how it was shaped by ancient identities.…

    Paperback – 2017-11-28
    Routledge India
    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

  • The Archaeology of Sacred Spaces: The temple in western India, 2nd century BCE–8th century CE book cover

    The Archaeology of Sacred Spaces

    The temple in western India, 2nd century BCE–8th century CE, 1st Edition

    By Susan Verma Mishra, Himanshu Prabha Ray

    This volume focuses on the religious shrine in western India as an institution of cultural integration in the period spanning 200 BCE to 800 CE. It presents an analysis of religious architecture at multiple levels, both temporal and spatial, and distinguishes it as a ritual instrument that…

    Hardback – 2016-08-16
    Routledge India
    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia