Presents Tantra from an ethnographic vantage point, through a series of case studies grounded in diverse settings across contemporary Asia.
Explores the cultural dynamics of this ancient form of Sanskrit theater.
A literary and historical investigation into an ancient Indian religious thinker, tracing his rise in importance in the Hindu tradition.
Offers a portrait of India as seen through the eyes of a sensitive, sharp-eyed, and witty young scholar in the early 1960s.
Details the textual and performative history of the South Asian festival of Indra and its role in the development of classical Hinduism.
Reveals how the persona of India's most famous emperor was constantly reinvented in ancient times to suit a variety of social visions, political agendas, and moral purposes.
A richly scholarly yet accessible and imaginative account of society in the time of the Buddha.
Contextualizes Sabha Theatre historically, politically, and aesthetically, revealing how it expresses a Tamil Brahmin identity that is at once traditional and modern.
Rejects Hindu nationalism and pluralist secularism in favor of a revitalized politics of Indian federalism.
Examines the colonization of Goa in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the durability of Portuguese rule.
Examines the place of history in the political thought of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, one of the key architects of modern Hindu nationalism.
Explores the rich diversity of narratives, rituals, and participants connected with one of the most important celebrations for Hindus in South Asia and in the diaspora.
Chronicles the astonishing and counterintuitive spread of Christianity among a group of previously isolated tribes in a remote and hilly part of Northeastern India.
Documents how the premodern techniques of narrating the past in South Asia were deeply transformed by colonial modernity, resulting in newer forms of truth-telling within the Sikh community.
Explores how a folk ballad in southern India transforms the landscape and embeds the deities that are its subject within the social worlds of their devotees.
Examines the key role of a hagiographer within a charismatic religious movement.
A major contribution to the study of South Asian literature, offering a landmark view of Mahābhārata studies.
Examines English-language Indian newspapers from the mid-nineteenth century and their role in simultaneously sustaining and probing British colonial governance.
Examines the relationship between Mughal political culture and the two dominant strains of Islam's Sufi traditions in South Asia: one centered around orthodoxy, the other focusing on a more accommodating and mystical spirituality.
Sets out the challenges presented to Muslim societies by Western dominance over the past two hundred years, and explores Muslim responses, particularly in the context of South Asia.
Essays on modern Indian history and the legacy of Partition.
Unique interdisciplinary analysis of gendered and racialized economies of care in South Asia and the Americas.
Critical essays on the transnational Kashmiri-American poet.