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    “It challenges our preconceived ideas of, say, what a Muslim woman in 1940s India might be writing about” – Isabel Wall

“It challenges our preconceived ideas of, say, what a Muslim woman in 1940s India might be writing about” – Isabel Wall

In February 2018, Penguin launched their new ‘Penguin Women Writers’ series. Featuring four books chosen by the acclaimed authors Penelope Lively and Kamila Shamsie, the series seeks to shine the spotlight on women writers whose work has been hitherto neglected in the UK. To find out more, we spoke to the editor who commissioned the series, Isabel Wall.
This interview is published as […]

March 24th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured, Interviews|Comments Off on “It challenges our preconceived ideas of, say, what a Muslim woman in 1940s India might be writing about” – Isabel Wall|
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    Book Review: Europe’s India: Words, People, Empires, 1500-1800, by Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Book Review: Europe’s India: Words, People, Empires, 1500-1800, by Sanjay Subrahmanyam

Sanjay Subrahmanyam’s latest book, Europe’s India: Words, People, Empires, 1500-1800 is an erudite study of European understandings of India in the early modern period. It will be immensely useful to historians and literary scholars of early modern India, and those interested in European interactions with the subcontinent, writes Professor Javed Majeed. 

Sanjay Subrahmanyam’s Europe’s India: Words, People, Empires, 1500-1800 is an erudite study of […]

March 17th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured|Comments Off on Book Review: Europe’s India: Words, People, Empires, 1500-1800, by Sanjay Subrahmanyam|
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    Book Review: Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices by Manish Thakur and Rajesh R. Babu

Book Review: Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices by Manish Thakur and Rajesh R. Babu

In Management Education in India: Perspectives and Practices, editors Manish Thakur and Rajesh R. Babu bring together contributors to analyse the development of business and management education in India in the context of the nations’s recent social, political and economic transformations. The volume offers a good overview of the role played by Indian business and management schools, finds Maziar Jafary, and also reveals how dominant discourses continue […]

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    Book Review: Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd by Claire Pamment

Book Review: Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd by Claire Pamment

In Comic Performance in Pakistan: The Bhānd, Claire Pamment explores the centuries old tradition of Pakistani bhand performances which have used comedy to tread a line between flattery and challenging patron’s authority. Asad Abbasi, however argues that Pamment’s work is anything but comedy and reveals the discriminations faced by this subaltern population.  

The Punjabi stage show weaves together abrasive and acerbic […]

January 22nd, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Book Review: Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo

Book Review: Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo

In Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair, Emma Tarlo explores the hidden networks through which human hair circulates around the world, tangling together the local and the global through diverse sites, practices and processes. The book’s delicate movements between spaces, modes of individual narration and contexts make this a delight to read, writes Shannon Philip. 
Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair. Emma Tarlo. Oneworld Publications. 2016.
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January 5th, 2018|Book Reviews, Featured|Comments Off on Book Review: Entanglement: The Secret Lives of Hair by Emma Tarlo|
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    Book review: On Uncertain Ground – Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu & Kashmir by Ankur Datta.

Book review: On Uncertain Ground – Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu & Kashmir by Ankur Datta.

Ankur Datta, a social anthropologist, draws on his doctoral thesis to chart the experiences of Kashmiri Pandits who migrated from the Kashmir Valley in 1990. His book addresses themes of violence and victimhood in the context of forced migration. Mark Mistry finds Datta’s testimony on Kashmiri Pandits’ displacement compelling, yet is left frustrated by the missed opportunity to delve […]

December 14th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, History, Politics, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Book review: On Uncertain Ground – Displaced Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu & Kashmir by Ankur Datta.|
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    Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy

Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy

In Law and Economy, Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy explore the origins of of British law and its continued legal impediments of the Indian economy today. It is a splendid book and the conclusions are many and nuanced. It is refreshing to encounter such dispassionate, evidence-based analysis of subjects that are so often polemical, writes Professor Peter Robb.
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October 11th, 2017|Book Reviews, Economy, Featured, History, Law|Comments Off on Book Review: Law and the Economy in Colonial India by Tirthankar Roy and Anand V. Swamy|
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    Book Review: Islamophobia and Securitization: Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice by Tania Saeed

Book Review: Islamophobia and Securitization: Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice by Tania Saeed

In Islamophobia and Securitization: Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice, Tania Saeed explores the impact of securitisation discourses on British Muslim women of Pakistani origin who are studying at UK universities. Bringing to the fore the women’s complex experiences of gender, Islamophobia and racism through the inclusion of their own voices and narratives, this book is a must-read that challenges dominant discourses and provides […]

September 22nd, 2017|Book Reviews, Education, Featured, Gender, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Book Review: Islamophobia and Securitization: Religion, Ethnicity and the Female Voice by Tania Saeed|
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    Book Review: The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy: Asia’s Evolving Balance of Power by Harsh V. Pant and Yogesh Joshi

Book Review: The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy: Asia’s Evolving Balance of Power by Harsh V. Pant and Yogesh Joshi

In their new book The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy, Pant and Joshi explore India’s response to the USA’s strategic balancing approach in the Asia-Pacific region. Raj Verma finds the book a wide-ranging examination of US-China-India relations but argues it would have benefitted from a more focused approach.

The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy: Asia’s Evolving Balance of […]

September 15th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, Security and Foreign Policy|Comments Off on Book Review: The US Pivot and Indian Foreign Policy: Asia’s Evolving Balance of Power by Harsh V. Pant and Yogesh Joshi|
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    Book Review: Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait by Attiya Ahmad

Book Review: Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait by Attiya Ahmad

In Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait, Attiya Ahmad explores experiences of conversion to Islam amongst South Asian women who have migrated to Kuwait as domestic workers. Emphasising these conversions as everyday processes rather than inherently dramatic turning points, Attaya’s book offers a holistic and intimate portrait grounded in her interlocutors’ narration of their own experiences, writes Dannah Dennis.  
Everyday […]

September 8th, 2017|Book Reviews, Featured, Gender, Society and Culture|Comments Off on Book Review: Everyday Conversions: Islam, Domestic Work and South Asian Migrant Women in Kuwait by Attiya Ahmad|

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