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The Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland was founded by the eminent Sanskrit scholar, Henry Thomas Colebrooke, on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 ‘for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia’.

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Covid-19 Response

The Society’s Reading Room has now re-opened on an appointment basis and we continue to run an active hybrid events programme. Staff are contactable and should you have any enquiries, can be reached by email:

Alison Ohta


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Emma Jones


Camilla Larsen

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Amy Riach

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Matty Bradley

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Book Launch: Leena Dhingra

8 December 2021
6.30pm Monday 13th December – The hybrid book launch of Leena Dhingra's Exhumation: The Life and Death of Madan Lal Dhingra.

Book Launch: Dr Bora Keskiner

8 December 2021
6.30pm Friday 10th December – The book launch of Dr Bora Keskiner's Yāqūt al-Musta'simī and the Practise of Naql in Islamic Calligraphy

Lecture: Dr Jennifer Howes

8 December 2021
6.30pm Thursday 9th December – Dr Jennifer Howes on ‘The Story Tellers of Mysore: Tipu Sultan’s female entourage and the 1806 Vellore Mutiny’

Latest News: Lectures, Collections and Prizes

6 May 2021
Thursday 14th October – Professor Simon Kaner: The Rehabilitation of Myth in the Archaeology of Ancient Japan and Korea This event will take place at 6.30pm as a hybrid event.


6 April 2021
Applications are now closed for the 2021 prize.

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