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

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

1st Edition

By Mohammad Ali Kazembeyki
February 27, 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 Drawing extensively on unpublished Iranian and British documents, it explores the history of Mazandaran, a province in the Caspian region, during 1848-1914, when the province as a part of Iran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

By David Waterhouse
December 23, 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 ...

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

By Rosane Rocher, Ludo Rocher
March 07, 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 ...

Hindi Poetry in a Musical Genre Thumri Lyrics

Hindi Poetry in a Musical Genre: Thumri Lyrics

1st Edition

By Lalita du Perron
May 16, 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 ...

Women, Religion and Culture in Iran

Women, Religion and Culture in Iran

1st Edition

By Sarah Ansari, Vanessa Martin
January 31, 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...

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

By Rupert Cox
January 07, 2003

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 ...

Theology, Ethics and Metaphysics Royal Asiatic Society Classics of Islam

Theology, Ethics and Metaphysics: Royal Asiatic Society Classics of Islam

1st Edition

Edited By Hiroyuki Mashita
April 18, 2003

This collection of classic works, originally published under the auspices of the Royal Asiatic Society, includes an introduction by Professor Edmund Bosworth, and a preface by Professor Anthony Stockwell. Primary texts include works by F. Rosen, W.F. Thompson, C.E. Sachau, R.A. Nicholson, ...

Anglo-Iranian Relations since 1800

Anglo-Iranian Relations since 1800

1st Edition

Edited By Vanessa Martin
April 29, 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 ...

State Violence and Punishment in India

State Violence and Punishment in India

1st Edition

By Taylor C. Sherman
March 28, 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

Edited By 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

By Stephanie Cronin
December 09, 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 ...

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

By Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
April 29, 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 ...

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