Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

Series Editor:
  • Himanshu Prabha Ray
    Chairperson, Academic Committee, Project Mausam, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, India. She is Honorary Professor, Distant Worlds, Munich Graduate School of Ancient Studies, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany; and Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, Oxford, UK. Bank details updated SF 903466 19.8.16 DB

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.

  • From Temple to Museum

    Colonial Collections and Uma¯ Ma¯hes´vara Icons in the Middle Ganga Valley

    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…

    Hardback – 2017-10-12 
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  • The Archaeology of Sacred Spaces

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

    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
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  • Women and Monastic Buddhism in Early South Asia

    Rediscovering the invisible believers

    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…

    Hardback – 2016-02-17
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  • Archaeology and Religion in Early Northwest India

    History, Theory, Practice

    By Daniel Michon

    This book explores the ways in which past cultures have been used to shape colonial and postcolonial cultural identities. It provides a theoretical framework to understand these processes, and offers illustrative case studies in which the agency of ancient peoples, rather than the desires of…

    Hardback – 2015-02-04
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  • Negotiating Cultural Identity

    Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History

    Edited by Himanshu Prabha Ray

    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…

    Hardback – 2015-02-04
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    Archaeology and Religion in South Asia