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With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, three of the academy’s leading publishers in South Asian studies combined their resources to publish a major series devoted to first books. “South Asia Across the Disciplines,” showcases work aiming to address innovative questions in the field. These include the relationship between South Asian studies and the disciplines; the conversation between past and present in South Asia; the history and nature of modernity, especially in relation to cultural change, political transformation, secularism and religion, and globalization. Above all, the series contains monographs that open up new archives, especially in South Asian languages, and suggest new methods and approaches, while demonstrating that South Asian scholarship can be at once deep in expertise and broad in appeal.

Each book in the series is published under the imprint of one of the three presses, but all are promoted as part of the series, sharing in design, advertising, and publicity.

Published Books

The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab

FARINA MIR

The University of California Press, 2010
John Richards Prize in South Asian History, American Historical Association
Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies

Extreme Poetry: The South Asian Movement of Simultaneous Narration

YIGAL BRONNER

Columbia University Press, 2010

Unifying Hinduism: Philosophy and Identity in Indian Intellectual History

ANDREW J. NICHOLSON

Columbia University Press, 2010
Best First Book in the History of Religions, American Academy of Religion

The Powerful Ephemeral: Everyday Healing in an Ambiguously Islamic Place

CARLA BELLAMY

The University of California Press, 2011

Conjugations: Marriage and Form in New Bollywood Cinema

SANGITA GOPAL

The University of Chicago Press, 2011

Secularizing Islamists?: Jama'at-e-Islami and Jama'at-ud-Da'wa in Urban Pakistan

HUMEIRA IQTIDAR

The University of Chicago Press, 2011

Islam Translated: Literature, Conversion, and the Arabic Cosmopolis of South and Southeast Asia

RONIT RICCI

The University of Chicago Press, 2011
Best First Book in the History of Religions, American Academy of Religion
Short Listed for the Award for Excellence in Textual Studies Category, American Academy of Religion
Harry J. Benda Prize in Southeast Asian Studies, Association for Asian Studies

Unfinished Gestures: Devadasis, Memory, and Modernity in South India

DAVESH SONEJI

The University of Chicago Press, 2012
Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies

Document Raj: Writing and Scribes in Early Colonial South India

BHAVANI RAMAN

The University of Chicago Press, 2012

The Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship and Sainthood in Islam

A. AZFAR MOIN

Columbia University Press, 2012
Best First Book in the History of Religions, American Academy of Religion
John F. Richards Prize in South Asian History, American Historical Association

Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in the Indian Traditions

CHRISTIAN K. WEDEMEYER

Columbia University Press, 2012
Award for Excellence in Historical Studies Category, American Academy of Religion

Receptacle of the Sacred: Illustrated Manuscripts and the Buddhist Book Cult in South Asia

JINAH KIM

The University of California Press, 2013

Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists

CABEIRI DEBERGH ROBINSON

The University of California Press, 2013
Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize, Association for Asian Studies

Democracy against Development: Lower Caste Politics and Political Modernity in Postcolonial India

JEFFREY WITSOE

The University of Chicago Press, 2013

The Yogin and the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa

ANDREW QUINTMAN

Columbia University Press, 2013
Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication, Yale University

Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh

LOTTE HOEK

Columbia University Press, 2013
2016 Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies

Text to Tradition: The Naisadhīyacarita and Literary Community in South Asia

DEVEN M.PATEL

Columbia University Press, 2014

Writing Resistance: The Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature

LAURA BRUECK

Columbia University Press, 2014

Into the Twilight of Sanskrit Court Poetry: The Sena Salon of Bengal and Beyond

JESSE ROSS KNUTSON

The University of California Press, 2014

Voicing Subjects: Public Intimacy and Mediation in Kathmandu

LAURA KUNREUTHER

The University of California Press, 2014

Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India

AMRITA PANDE

Columbia University Press, 2014

I Too Have Some Dreams: N. M. Rashed and Modernism in Urdu Poetry

A. SEAN PUE

The University of California Press, 2014

We Were Adivasis: Aspiration in an Indian Scheduled Tribe

MEGAN MOODIE

University of Chicago Press, 2015

The Place of Devotion: Siting and Experiencing Divinity in Bengal-Vaishnavism

SUKANYA SARABADHIKARY

University of California Press, 2015

Writing Self, Writing Empire: Chandar Bhan Brahman and the Cultural World of the Early Modern Indo-Persian State

RAJEEV KINRA

The University of California Press, 2015

Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court

AUDREY TRUSCHKE

Columbia University Press, 2016

Spiritual Despots: Modern Hinduism and the Genealogies of Self Rule

J. BARTON SCOTT

University of Chicago Press, 2016

Landscapes of Accumulation: Real Estate and the Neoliberal Imagination in Contemporary India

LLERENA SEARLE

University of Chicago Press, 2016

Polemics and Patronage in the City of Victory

VALERIE STOKER

University of California Press, 2016

Negotiating Languages: Urdu, Hindi, and the Definition of Modern South Asia

WALTER N. HAKALA

Columbia University Press, 2016
2015 Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities from the American Institute of Indian Studies

Building Histories: The Archival and Affective Lives of Five Monuments in Modern Delhi

MRINALINI RAJAGOPALAN

University of Chicago Press, 2016

Reading the Mahavamsa: The Literary Aims of a Theravada Buddhist History

KRISTIN SCHEIBLE

Columbia University Press, 2016

Hindu Pluralism: Religion and the Public Sphere in Early Modern South India

ELAINE M. FISHER

University of California Press, 2017

Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka

GARRETT FIELD

University of California Press, 2017

Forthcoming Titles

Language of the Snakes: Prakrit, Sanskrit, and the Language Order of Premodern India

ANDREW OLLETT

University of California Press, 2017

The Hegemony of Heritage: Ritual and the Record in Stone

DEBORAH L. STEIN

University of California Press, 2018

The Neighborhood of Gods: The Sacred and the Visible at the Margins of Mumbai

WILLIAM ELISON

University of Chicago Press, 2018

founding editors
Dipesh Chakrabarty
Sheldon Pollock
Sanjay Subrahmanyam

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About the Series

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This series is closed to new submissions.