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Royal Asiatic Society Books

Series Editor: The Royal Asiatic Society

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 BinbaĊŸ, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; Dr Crispin Branfoot, SOAS, 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

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1-10 of 48 results in Royal Asiatic Society Books
  1. Grievance Administration (Sikayet) in an Ottoman Province

    The Kaymakam of Rumelia's 'Record Book of Complaints' of 1781-1783

    By Michael Ursinus

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    The 'Record Book of Complaints', from the office of the governor-general (beylerbey) of Rumelia, is an exceptional manuscript of the Ottoman archive. It offers a unique insight into the experience of Ottoman administration in the most important province of Ottoman Europe, Rumelia. For the first...

    Published August 14th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Hindi Poetry in a Musical Genre

    Thumri Lyrics

    By Lalita du Perron

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    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...

    Published May 18th 2014 by Routledge

  3. The Making of Western Indology

    Henry Thomas Colebrooke and the East India Company

    By Rosane Rocher, Ludo Rocher

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    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...

    Published March 9th 2014 by Routledge

  4. Women, Religion and Culture in Iran

    By Sarah Ansari, Vanessa Martin

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    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...

    Published February 4th 2014 by Routledge

  5. The Rise of the Ottoman Empire

    Studies in the History of Turkey, thirteenth–fifteenth Centuries

    By Paul Wittek

    Edited by Colin Heywood

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    Paul Wittek’s The Rise of the Ottoman Empire was first published by the Royal Asiatic Society in 1938 and has been out of print for more than a quarter of a century. The present reissue of the text also brings together translations of some of his other studies on Ottoman history; eight closely...

    Published May 20th 2012 by Routledge

  6. State Violence and Punishment in India

    By Taylor C. Sherman

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    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...

    Published March 28th 2012 by Routledge

  7. The Development of Modern Medicine in Non-Western Countries

    Historical Perspectives

    Edited by Hormoz Ebrahimnejad

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    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...

    Published February 20th 2012 by Routledge

  8. Tribal Politics in Iran

    Rural Conflict and the New State, 1921-1941

    By Stephanie Cronin

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    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...

    Published November 14th 2010 by Routledge

  9. Anglo-Iranian Relations since 1800

    Edited by Vanessa Martin

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    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...

    Published April 20th 2009 by Routledge

  10. The Politics of Self-Expression

    The Urdu Middleclass Milieu in Mid-Twentieth Century India and Pakistan

    By Markus Daechsel

    Series: Royal Asiatic Society Books

    The 1930s to 1950s witnessed the rise and dominance of a political culture across much of North India which combined unprecedented levels of mobilization and organization with an effective de-politicization of politics. On the one hand obsessed with world events, people also came to understand...

    Published April 20th 2009 by Routledge