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.  

The Society has a flourishing publications programme. RAS Fellows enjoy a thirty percent discount on all publications in the Royal Asiatic Society series: please email

Editorial Board

Professor Francis Robinson, CBE, DL, Royal Holloway, University of London (Chair)

Professor Tim Barrett, SOAS, University of London

Dr Barbara Brend, Royal Asiatic Society

Dr Evrim Binbas, Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of Bonn

Professor Anna Contadini, SOAS, University of London

Professor Michael Feener, National University of Singapore

Dr Gordon Johnson, University of Cambridge

Dr Firuza Melville, University of Cambridge

Dr Taylor Sherman, London School of Economics

Dr Alison Ohta, Director, Royal Asiatic Society

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The Royal Asiatic Society also publishes the Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt Fund series. Established in 2001 by Princess Fazilé Ibrahim, the series encourages the growth and development of Ottoman studies internationally by publishing documents and manuscripts of historical importance from the classical period up to 1839, with transliteration, full or part translation and scholarly commentaries. 

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Editorial Board

Princess Fazilé Ibrahim, Founder

Professor Francis Robinson, CBE, DL, Royal Holloway, University of London (Chair)

Dr Evrim Binbaş, Institute of Oriental and Asian Studies, University of Bonn

Professor Edhem Eldem, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul

Assoc. Professor Erdem Çipa, History Department, University of Michigan

Assoc. Professor Emine Fetvaci, History of Art and Architecture, Boston University

Asst. Professor Mayte Green-Mercado, Department of History, Rutgers University Newark

Research Director Marinos Sariyannis, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas

Dr Kate Fleet, Director of the Skilliter Centre for Ottoman Studies, University of Cambridge

Dr Colin Heywood, University of Hull

Professor Michael Ursinus, University of Heidelberg


Books Published by the Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt Fund:

The Early Ottoman Peloponnese – A Study in the Light of an Annotated Editio Princeps of the TT10-1/4662 Ottoman Taxation Cadastre

Georgios C. Liakopoulos (Gingko, 2019)

Available for purchase at the discounted rate of £25 with free shipping to the UK via the Gingko Website

Format: 280 x 300mm
Published: December 2019
Pages: 649
Illustrations: 38 colour maps

In this book, Georgios C. Liakopoulos presents a unique insight into late Byzantine Peloponnese society and its economy, and how these were incorporated into the Ottoman Empire, using as reference the cadastre compiled immediately after the Ottoman conquest. What makes this study imperative is the fact that no similar Byzantine document of the period has survived. The author offers a thorough analysis of the demography of the Peloponnese and its categorisation into urban/rural and sedentary/nomadic, concentrating on the Albanians, the second largest ethnic group after the Greeks. A detailed presentation of the level of agricultural production, livestock, fishing and commerce is illustrated with tables and charts. The book is complemented with a diplomatic edition of the transcribed Ottoman text and facsimiles of the cadastre.

The volume `The Early Ottoman Peloponnese: A study in the Light of an Annotated editio princeps of the TT10-1/14662 Ottoman Taxation Cadastre (ca. 1460-1463)’ is a revised version of the author’s PhD thesis, conducted at Royal Holloway, University of London, under the supervision of the late Professor Julian Chrysostomides. Part I contains an Introduction, three Chapters (1-3) and a Conclusion. The Introduction presents the aims, scope and methodology adopted, followed by a survey of previous scholarship conducted on the subject, and a brief historical examination of the late Byzantine Peloponnese and its conquest by the Ottomans. It concludes with a brief codicological and palaeographical description and dating of the cadastre TT10-1/14662. Chapter 1 presents the Historical Geography of the Peloponnese, listing all the place-names (667 in total) mentioned in the sequence they appear in the TT10-1/14662 register accompanied by topographic and linguistic notes. This is followed by a set of thirty-eight digital maps of the early Ottoman Peloponnese using GIS (Geographical Information Systems). Chapter 2 discusses the Demography of the Peloponnese, including the settlement patterns, the density of population and its categorisation into urban/rural, sedentary/nomadic, concentrating, in particular, on the influx and settlement of the second largest ethnic group, after the Greeks, in the peninsula, namely the Albanians.Chapter 3 explores the Administrative and Economic Structures of the Peloponnese, concentrating on the Ottoman timar system and taxation. A detailed presentation of the level of agricultural production, types of crops, livestock, fishing, commerce, industrial development, etc. is illustrated with tables and charts.The Conclusion summarises the findings of the research and attempts to identify areas for possible future investigation. Part II comprises a diplomatic edition of the transcribed Ottoman text. The study closes with full bibliography followed by facsimiles of the cadastre.

Georgios C. Liakopoulos received his Ph.D. degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London. His research interests broadly encompass Ottoman Palaeography, Epigraphy, Defterology, Historical Geography, and Economic and Environmental History. He taught Modern Turkish Language and Ottoman History and Palaeography at the University of Athens and Freie Universität Berlin. He is currently employed as Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena.

‘It is rare nowadays that a scholar embarks on such a painful and usually unrewarding task. Liakopoulos has edited and annotated the first Ottoman tax register of the Peloponnese with utmost care and erudition. The meticulous transliteration of this voluminous and difficult source is complemented by a thorough study of the historical geography of the peninsula, with emphasis on economic and demographical aspects. A work of high-quality scholarship, this book will undoubtedly constitute an indispensable reference for all future students of the Greek lands under Ottoman rule.’
Marinos Sariyannis, Institute for Mediterranean Studies/FORTH

‘This is an outstanding publication. Liakopoulos has done an excellent, thorough job by presenting a facsimile of the original and a richly annotated transliteration of this important early Ottoman tax register, together with a systematic study of the historical geography and demography as well as the economic development of early Ottoman Peloponnese based on the same source. The volume makes a very significant contribution – it not only further develops our understanding of early Ottoman rule in the Balkans, but will also facilitate future research on the economic and social development of the Ottoman Mediterranean and the nature of the early Ottoman state and society.’
Nikolay Antov, University of Arkansas

Ottoman Explorations of the Nile: Evliya Çelebi’s ‘Matchless Pearl These Reports of the Nile’ map and his accounts of the Nile and the Horn of Africa in The Book of Travels
Robert Dankoff, Nuran Tezcan, Michael Sheridan (Gingko, 2018)
ISBN 9781909942165

The most ambitious effort, before the time of Napoleon, to explore and map out the Nile was undertaken by the Ottomans, as attested by two monumental documents: an elaborate map, with 450 rubrics; and a lengthy travel account. Both were achieved at about the same time – c. 1685 – and both apparently by the same man.

Evliya Çelebi’s account of his Nile journeys, in Volume 10 of The book of Travels (Seyahatname), has already been known to the scholarly world since 1938.

The map, in the Vatican Library, has been known to the scholarly world since 1949. A first edition of it was published in 2011. The authors of that edition, Robert Dankoff and Nuran Tezcan, demonstrated in detail that the map should be attributed to Evliya Çelebi.

The edition of the map included here (which, considered as a text, is extraordinarily challenging philologically) incorporates many new readings, bringing it a step closer to a definitive edition. This volume also contains Evliya’s six journeys, his travels in Egypt and Sudan and along the Red Sea coast, as well as problems regarding dates and authenticity of the journeys. The relation of the map and The Book of Travels is analysed, including similarities and correspondences in content, language, and style, along with discrepancies between the two documents and how to account for them.


The Kaymakam of Rumelia’s ‘Record Book of Complaints’ of 1781-1783
An Ottoman Protocol Register
Edited with an Introduction and annotations by Hakan T. Karateke
ISBN: 978-9944-731-02-7
Containing Ceremonies from 1736 to 1808: Beo Sadaret Defterleri
350 in Prime Ministry Ottoman State Archives, Istanbul
[Published in collaboration with the Ottoman Bank Museum, 2007]


Grievance Administration (Şikayet) in an Ottoman Province: the Kaymakam of Rumelia’s ‘Record Book of Complaints’ of 1781–1783
Michael Ursinus (RoutledgeCurzon, 2005)
ISBN 10: 0415358876 ISBN 13: 9780415358873



Recent Publications

The following titles have recently been published by the Royal Asiatic Society:


Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities in Burma
François Tainturier (National University of Singapore Press, 2021)
ISBN: 9789814722773

Drawing on original Burmese texts and illustrations, recent scholarship, and mapping, Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities in Burma argues that the founding of Mandalay shifted critically in emphasis and scale during its planning from a protocol that established the royal city as a “cosmic city” to one that viewed the royal capital as a sanctuary. As part of that shift, François Tainturier shows, the founding protocol used Buddhist narratives as models for action and drastically altered patterns of spatial order that had been prevalent at former royal capitals. The systematic planning of Mandalay and the construction of its potent landscape constituted the expression—formulated not in words but in tangible form—of the throne’s claim that Burma was a “Buddhist land,” at a time when Lower Burma had been annexed by non-Buddhist believers. Tainturier provides further insight into how rulers articulated their lineage, power, and the promotion of Buddhism by creating potent landscapes. Mandalay and the Art of Building Cities in Burma renews scholarly discussion on Southeast Asian urban traditions and offers a critical investigation into the “cosmic” dimensions of one of the region’s centers of power.


Shari’a in the Russian Empire
The Reach and Limits of Islamic Law in Central Eurasia, 1550-1917
Edited by Paolo SartoriAustrian Academy of Sciences, Danielle RossUtah State University (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)
Online ISBN:9781474444316

This book looks at how Islamic law was practiced in Russia from the conquest of the empire’s first Muslim territories in the mid-1500s to the Russian Revolution of 1917, when the empire’s Muslim population had exceeded 20 million.


Shari'a in the Russian Empire

Local States in an Imperial World: Identity, Society and Politics in the Early Modern Deccan
Roy S. Fischel (Edinburgh University Press, 2020)
ISBN: 9781474436076

Focusing on the Deccan Sultanates of 16th- and 17th-century central India, Local States in an Imperial World promotes the idea that some polities of the time were not aspiring to be empires. Instead of the universalist and hierarchical vision typical of the language of empire, the sultanates presented another brand of state – one that prefers negotiation, flexibility and plurality of languages, religions and cultures.

Building on theories of early modernity, empire, cosmopolitanism and vernaculars, Roy Fischel considers the components that shaped state and society: people, identities and idioms. He presents a frame for understanding the Deccan Sultanates as a rare case of the early modern non-imperial state, shedding light both on the region and on the imperial world surrounding it.


In this important book, Fischel brings us a compelling new perspective on the politics and culture of early modern India. Combining a broad sweep with careful attention to local circumstance, he brings central India’s Deccan states centre-stage. He demonstrates how their history reveals plural and flexible forms of the state, and a language of vernacular politics, differing significantly from the imperial models that have long dominated our understanding of this era.

– Professor Polly O’Hanlon, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford


Islamic Movements in India: Moderation and its Discontents
Arndt Emmerich (Routledge, 2020)
ISBN: 9780367343149

This book analyses the emerging trend of Muslim-minority politics in India and illustrates that a fundamental shift has occurred over the last 20 years from an identity-dominated, self-serving and inward-looking approach by Muslim community leaders, Islamic authorities and social activists that seeks to protect Islamic law and culture, towards an inclusive debate centred on socio-economic marginalisation and minority empowerment.

The book focuses on Muslim activists, and members and affiliates of the Popular Front of India (PFI), a growing Muslim-minority and youth movement. Drawing on qualitative fieldwork undertaken since 2011, the author analyses recent literature on Muslim citizenship politics and the growing involvement of Islamist organisations and movements in the democratic process and electoral politics to demonstrate that religious groups play a role in politics, development, and policy making, which is often ignored within political theory. The book suggests that further scrutiny is needed of the assumption that Muslim politics and Islamic movements are incompatible with the democratic political framework of the modern nation state in India and elsewhere.

Contributing to a more nuanced understanding of how Islamic movements utilise various spiritual, organisational and material resources and strategies for collective action, community development and democratic engagement, the book will be of interest to academics in the field of political Islam, South Asian studies, sociology of religion and development studies.

This is the first scholarly analysis of the Popular Front of India, one of several new Muslim organisations which emerged during the 1990s with the rise of Hindu nationalism and the violence following the destruction of the Babri Masjid. Emmerich presents the Front as being driven by Middle Class Muslims from south India, and in the process offers important insights into Indo-Muslim politics in the age of BJP dominance.

Francis Robinson, Royal Holloway, University of London

Islamic Movements in India by Arndt Emmerich is a result of solid ethnographic research and a useful contribution in the area of South Asian politics. This is a first scholarly book-length study on the Popular Front of India. He has engaged with the existing literature in the field in a stimulating manner along with a focused analysis of a particular political articulation among a section of Indian Muslims. His writing style is lucid, readable and accessible. In the context of a growing and global interest in the Islamist movements, the book is topical. A fine achievement.

Maidul Islam, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and author of Limits of Islamism (2015) and Indian Muslim(s) after Liberalization (2019)

At a time when populism as a genre of fascism is pervasive, Arndt Emmerich has produced one of the finest works of scholarship in political sociology that unsettles Islamophobia and offers an arresting, anti-alarmist account of Popular Front of India – a justice-inspired, inclusion-oriented movement in contemporary India.

Irfan Ahmad, author of “Religion as Critique: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace” (2017)

Arndt Emmerich’s study of the Popular Front of India (PFI) presents a unique insight into the political aspirations and strategies of the leaders of one of the most visible Muslim political movements in contemporary India. The case study also gives us deep insight into the everyday realities of Indian Muslims who feel marginalised by the prevailing system, and who count themselves among the followers of the PFI. Arndt has the ability to help us relate to the deeply emotive experiences of his respondents, while retaining scholarly neutrality. It is one of the most insightful books to be published on Muslim politics in India in recent years.

Masooda Bano, Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford

Looking at the hoary subject of religious relations in a highly original way, Emmerich shows how new forms of Muslim but also Hindu politics are linked to the emergence of equally new middle classes in post-liberalisation India. Defined by migration either to Mumbai or the Gulf and the creation of a remittance economy, these groups operate as social movements and NGOs. Dispensing aid and services while seeking to mobilise their working-class coreligionists into an anti-clerical and anti-traditionalist form of religious identity, they have remade Muslim society across southern India.

Faisal Devj, University of Oxford

Arabs in the Early Islamic Empire: Exploring Al-Azd Tribal Identity
Brian Ulrich (Edinburgh University Press, 2019)
ISBN 978-1-4744-3679-3

Examining a single broad tribal identity – al-Azd – from the immediate pre-Islamic period into the early Abbasid era, this book notes the ways it was continually refashioned over that time. It explores the ways in which the rise of the early Islamic empire influenced the peoples of the Arabian Peninsula who became a core part of it, and examines the connections between the kinship societies and the developing state of the early caliphate. This helps us to understand how what are often called ‘tribal’ forms of social organisation identity conditioned its growth and helped shape what became its common elite culture. Studying the relationship between tribe and state during the first two centuries of the caliphate, author Brian Ulrich’s focus is on understanding the survival and transformation of tribal identity until it became part of the literate high culture of the Abbasid caliphate and a component of a larger Arab ethnic identity. He argues that, from pre-Islamic Arabia to the caliphate, greater continuity existed between tribal identity and social practice than is generally portrayed.

Islamic Law and Society in Iran: A Social History of Qajar Tehran
Nobuaki Kondo (Routledge, 2017)
ISBN: 9780415711371

The relationship between Islamic law and society is an important issue in Iran under the Islamic Republic. Although Islamic law was a pivotal element in the traditional Iranian society, no comprehensive research has been made until today. This is because modern reformers emphasized the lack of rule of law in nineteenth-century Iran. However, a legal system did exist, and Islamic law was a substantial part of it.

This is the first book on the relationship between Islamic law and the Iranian society during the nineteenth century. The author explores the legal aspects of urban society in Iran and provides the social context in which political processes occurred and examines how authorities applied law in society, how people utilized the law, and how the law regulated society. Based on rich archival sources including court records and private deeds from Qajar Tehran, this book explores how Islamic law functioned in Iranian society. The judicial system, shari’a court, and religious endowments (vaqf) are fully discussed, and the role of ‘ulama as legal experts is highlighted throughout the book. It challenges nationalist and modernist views on nineteenth-century Iran and provides a unique model in terms of the relationship between Islamic law and society, which is rather different from the Ottoman case.

Providing an understanding of this legal system in Iran and its role in society, this book offers a basis for assessing the motives and results or modern reforms as well as the modernist discourse. This book will be of interest to students of Middle Eastern and Iranian Studies.



Anglo-Indians and Minority Politics in South Asia
Race, Boundary Making and Communal Nationalism
U. E. Charlton-Stevens (Routledge, 2017)
ISBN: 9781138847224

Anglo-Indians are a mixed-race, Christian and Anglophone minority community which arose in South Asia during the long period of European colonialism. An often neglected part of the British Raj, their presence complicates the traditional binary through which British imperialism is viewed – of ruler and ruled, coloniser and colonised.

The book analyses the processes of ethnic group formation and political organisation, beginning with petitions to the East India Company state, through the Raj’s constitutional communalism, to constitution-making for the new India. It details how Anglo-Indians sought to preserve protected areas of state and railway employment amidst the growing demands of Indian nationalism. Anglo-Indians both suffered and benefitted from colonial British prejudices, being expected to loyally serve the colonial state as a result of their ties of kinship and culture to the colonial power, whilst being the victims of racial and social discrimination. This mixed experience was embodied in their intermediate position in the Raj’s evolving socio-racial employment hierarchy. The question of why and how a numerically small group, who were privileged relative to the great majority of people in South Asia, were granted nominated representatives and reserved employment in the new Indian Constitution, amidst a general curtailment of minority group rights, is tackled directly. Based on a wide range of source materials from Indian and British archives, including the Anglo-Indian Review and the debates of the Constituent Assembly of India, the book illuminatingly foregrounds the issues facing the smaller minorities during the drawn out process of decolonisation in South Asia. It will be of interest to students and researchers of South Asia, Imperial and Global History, Politics, and Mixed Race Studies.



Refugees and the Politics of the Everyday State in Pakistan: Resettlement in Punjab, 1947-1962
Elisabetta Iob (Routledge, 2017)
ISBN: 9780415738668

The Partition of India in 1947 involved the division of two provinces, Bengal and the Punjab, based on district-wise Hindu or Muslim majorities. The Partition displaced between 10 and 12 million people along religious lines.

This book provides a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the resettlement and rehabilitation of Partition refugees in Pakistani Punjab between 1947 and 1962. It weaves a chronological and thematic plot into a single narrative, and focuses on the Punjabi refugee middle and upper-middle class. Emphasising the everyday experience of the state, the author challenges standard interpretations of the resettlement of Partition refugees in the region and calls for a more nuanced understanding of their rehabilitation. The book argues the universality of the so-called ‘exercise in human misery’, and the heterogeneity of the rehabilitation policies. Refugees’ stories and interactions with local institutions reveal the inability of the local bureaucracy to establish its own ‘polity’ and the viable workability of Pakistan as a state. The use of Pakistani documents, US and British records and a careful survey of both the judicial records and the Urdu and English-language dailies of the time, provides an invaluable window onto the everyday life of a state, its institutions and its citizens.

A carefully researched study of both the state and the everyday lives of refugees as they negotiated resettlement, through both personal and official channels, the book offers an important reinterpretation of the first years of Pakistani history. It will be of interest to academics working in the field of refugee resettlement and South Asian History and Politics.


Women in Mongol Iran: The Khatuns, 1206-1335
Bruno De Nicola (Edinburgh University Press, 2017)
ISBN: 9789971698492

Bruno De Nicola investigates the development of women’s status in the Mongol Empire from its original homeland in Mongolia up to the end of the Ilkhanate of Iran in 1335. Taking a thematic approach, the chapters show a coherent progression of this development and contextualise the evolution of the role of women in medieval Mongol society. The arrangement serves as a starting point from where to draw comparison with the status of Mongol women in the later period. Exploring patterns of continuity and transformation in the status of these women in different periods of the Mongol Empire as it expanded westwards into the Islamic world, the book offers a view on the transformation of a nomadic-shamanist society from its original homeland in Mongolia to its settlement in the mostly sedentary-Muslim Iran in the mid-13th century.


Southeast Asia in Ruins
Art and Empire in the Early 19th Century
Sarah Tiffin (National University of Singapore Press, 2016)
ISBN: 978-9971-69-849-2

British artists and commentators in the late 18th and early 19th century encoded the twin aspirations of progress and power in images and descriptions of Southeast Asia’s ruined Hindu and Buddhist candis, pagodas, wats and monuments. To the British eye, images of the remains of past civilisations allowed, indeed stimulated, philosophical meditations on the rise and decline of entire empires. Ruins were witnesses to the fall, humbling and disturbingly prophetic, (and so revealing more about British attitudes than they do about Southeast Asia’s cultural remains). This important study of a highly appealing but relatively neglected body of work adds multiple dimensions to the history of art and image production in Britain of the period, showing how the anxieties of empire were encoded in the genre of landscape paintings and prints.


Constructing Islam on the Indus
Hasan Ali Khan (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
ISBN: 9781107062900

This book represents the first serious consideration of Ismaili-Shia esotericism in material and architectural terms, as well as of pre-modern conceptions of religious plurality in rituals and astrology. Sufism has long been reckoned to have connections to Shi’ism, but without any concrete proof. The book shows this connection in light of current scholarly work on the subject, historical sources, and most importantly, metaphysics and archaeological evidence. The monuments of the Suhrawardi Order, which are derived from the basic lodges set up by Pir Shams in the region, constitute a unique building archetype. The book’s greatest strength lies in its archaeological evidence and in showing the metaphysical commonalities between Shi’ism/Isma’ilism and the Suhrawardi Sufi Order, both of which complement each other. In addition, working on premise and supposition, certain reanalysed historical periods and events in Indian Muslim history serve as added proof for the author’s argument.

‘This is a genuinely exciting study which makes convincingly original use of an impressive range of evidence – including architectural and iconographic materials as well as literary and historical sources – to uncover a previously hidden aspect of the coming of Islam to the subcontinent through the highly original teachings of the missionary organisation of Ismailism.’ Christopher Shackle, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.


The Jalayirids: Dynastic State Formation in the Mongol Middle East
Patrick Wing (Edinburgh University Press, 2015)
ISBN: 9781474402255

The story of how one tribal family claimed the legacy of Chinggis Qan in Persia. The period of Middle Eastern history between the collapse of the Mongol Ilkhanate in 1335 and the rise of Timur (Tamerlane) at the end of the fourteenth century is commonly seen as a tumultuous time of political breakdown and disorder. This book helps to make sense of this confusing period by tracing the origins, history and memory of the Jalayirid dynasty, a family that succeeded the Mongol Ilkhans in Iran and Iraq in the fourteenth and early fifteenth centuries and claimed to be the rightful heirs of the Chinggisid Mongols. The story of how the Jalayirids came to power is illustrative of the political dynamics that shaped much of the Mongol and post-Mongol period in the Middle East.


Urbanisation, Citizenship and Conflict in India: Ahmedabad 1900-2000
Tommaso Bobbio (Routledge, 2015)
ISBN: 978-0-415-72244-5

Urbanisation is rapidly changing the geographic and social landscape of India, and indeed Asia as a whole. Issues of collective violence, urban poverty and discrimination become crucial factors in the redefinition of citizenship not only in legal terms, but also in a cultural and socio-economic dimension. While Indian cities are becoming the centres of a culture of exclusion against vulnerable social groups, a long-term perspective is essential to understand the patterns that shaped the space, politics, economy and culture of contemporary metropolises.

This book takes a critical, longer-term view of India’s economic transition. The idea that urban growth goes hand in hand with the modernisation of the country does not account for the fact that increasingly higher portions of the urban population are comprised of lower-income groups, casual labourers and slum dwellers. Using the case study of Ahmedabad, this book investigates the history of city and of its people over the twentieth century. It analyses the contrasting relationship between urban authorities and the inhabitants of Ahmedabad and examines instances of antagonism and negotiation – amongst people, groups and between the people and the public authority – that have continuously shaped, transformed and redefined life in the city.

This book offers an important tool for understanding the bigger context of the conflicts, the social and cultural issues that accompanied the broader process of urbanisation in contemporary India. It will be of interest to scholars of Urban History, studies of collective violence and South Asian Studies.


Robert Morrison and the Protestant Plan for China
Christopher Daily (Hong Kong University Press, 2013)
ISBN: 9789888208036

“This carefully researched study is bound to become a landmark in the history of China, Britain, and the relations between the two countries.”

  1. H. Barrett, Research Professor of East Asian History, SOAS, University of London.

“Through a brilliant analysis of hitherto unexplored archival material, Christopher Daily offers important new insights into Robert Morrison’s missionary career at the gates of the Chinese Empire. This eminently readable book demonstrates with great clarity how the implementation of the Gosport ‘mission template’ was religiously observed by Morrison in an exceedingly hostile environment.”

  1. G. Tiedemann, Professor of Chinese History, Shandong University

This book critically explores the preparations and strategies behind this first Protestant mission to China, and demonstrates the many ways in which Morrison’s influential mission must be seen within the historical and ideological contexts of British evangelism. The result is this new interpretation of the beginnings of Protestant Christianity in China.


The British Presence in Macau, 1635-1793
Rogério Miguel Puga (Hong Kong University Press, 2013)
ISBN: 9789888139798

For more than four centuries Macau was the centre of Portuguese trade and culture on the South China Coast. Until the founding of Hong Kong and the opening of other ports in the 1840s, it was also the main gateway to China for independent British merchants and their only place of permanent residence. Drawing extensively on Portuguese as well as British sources, The British Presence in Macau traces Anglo-Portuguese relations in South China from the first arrival of English trading ships in the 1630s to the establishment of factories at Canton, the beginnings of the opium trade, and the Macartney Embassy of 1793. Longstanding allies in the West, the British and Portuguese pursued more complex relations in the East, as trading interests clashed under a Chinese imperial system and as the British increasingly asserted their power as “a community in search of a colony”.


The Rise of the Ottoman Empire: Studies in the History of Turkey, 13th-15th Centuries
Paul Wittek; edited by Colin Heywood (Routledge, 2013)
ISBN: 9780700715008

“Heywood gives us a unique opportunity, and reveals himself to be a particularly masterful guide in unlocking the background of Paul Wittek’s intellectual process”

Kaya Sahin, Assistant Professor of History, Indiana University, USA. 

“… almost as important as the publication of the original. Heywood has produced an outstanding, erudite work in commenting on Wittek’s life and career”

Kemal H Karpat, Professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA 

Paul Wittek’s The Rise of the Ottoman Empire was first published by the Royal Asiatic Society in 1938. This reissue of the text brings together material which is now almost inaccessible. An introduction by Colin Heywood sets Wittek’s work in its historical and historiographical context, for the benefit of those students who were not privileged to experience it first hand.

Paul Wittek (1894-1978) was one of the leading Ottoman historians of his generation, and became the first holder of the Chair of Turkish at the University of London. Colin Heywood taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, where he took courses with Wittek in the 1950s.


The Court Chronicle of the Kings of Manipur – Cheitharon Kumpapa: Original Text, Translation and Notes
Saroj Nalini Arambam Parratt (Routledge and Cambridge University Press, 2005-2012)

Vol. 1. published by Routledge, 2005
ISBN: 9780415344302

Vol. 2. published by Cambridge University Press, Foundation Books, 2009
ISBN: 9788175966383

Vol. 3.  published by Cambridge University Press, Foundation Books, 2012
ISBN: 978-9382264996

These volumes contain a copy of the original text of the Cheitharon Kumpapa , the Court Chronicle of the Kings of Manipur, which is authorised by the Palace, and the English translation from the original composed in archaic Manipuri script (Meetei Mayek). Explanatory notes and a glossary complement this interesting source of information. The text will be useful for those readers engaged in social anthropology, religious history, archaeology, human geography and linguistics.


The Making of Western Indology: Henry Thomas Colebrooke and the East India Company
Rosane Rocher and Ludo Rocher (Routledge, 2011)
ISBN: 9780415336017

“Quoting extensively from every available source, including family papers, and weaving a dense network of information, while remaining readable and jargon free, this relatively concise but extremely thorough study captures in judicious detail the way in which knowledge for its own sake grew out of knowledge required to rule Bengal.”

Andrew Robinson

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.

Highlighting how his unprecedented familiarity with a broad range of literature established him as the leading scholar of Sanskrit and president of the Asiatic Society in Calcutta, it shows how Colebrooke went on to found the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and set standards for western Indology. Written by renowned academics in the field of Indology, and drawing on new sources, this biography is a useful contribution to the reassessment of Oriental studies that is currently taking place.


State Violence and Punishment in India
Taylor C. Sherman (Routledge, 2009)
ISBN: 978041555970

Exploring violent confrontation between the state and the population in colonial and post-colonial 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 own meanings and reinterpreted acts of state violence in their own political campaigns.


The Development of Modern medicine in Non-Western Countries
Hormoz Ebrahimnejad (Routledge, 2008)
ISBN: 9780415447423

Through essays and case studies of medical modernization, this volume particularly calls into question the categorization of ‘Western’ and ‘non-Western’ medicine and challenges the idea that modern medicine could only be developed in its Western birthplace and then imported to and practised as such to the rest of the world. Against a concept of a ‘project’ of modernization at the heart of the history of modern medicine in non-Western countries, the chapters of this book describe ‘processes’ of medical development by highlighting the active involvement of local elements. The book’s emphasis is thus on the ‘modernization’ or ‘construction’ of modern medicine rather than on the diffusion of ‘modern medecine’ as an ontological entity beyond the West.


Hindi Poetry in a Musical Genre: Thumri Lyrics
Lalita du Perron (Routledge, 2007)
ISBN: 9780415394468

This book examines Thumri Lyrics, a major genre of Hindustani music, from a primarily linguistic perspective. On a cultural level, it discusses the interface between devotional and secular poetry. Furthermore, it explains the impact of social and political change on the musical life of North India. Well-written and thoroughly researched, this book is a valuable contribution to the field of South Asian studies.


Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage: Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam of Bhopal
Siobhan Lambert-Hurley (Routledge, 2006)
ISBN: 9780415401920

This is a new and engaging examination of the emergence of a Muslim women’s movement in India. The state of Bhopal, a Muslim principality in central India, was ruled by a succession of female rulers throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, most notably the last Begam of Bhopal, Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley puts forward the importance for early Muslim female activists to balance continuity and innovation.


The Theory of Citrasutras in Indian Painting: A critical re-evaluation of their uses and interpretations
Isabella Nardi (Routledge, 2006)
ISBN: 9780415391955

This work puts forward a critical re-examination of the key Indian concepts of painting described in the Sanskrit treatises, called citrasutras. In an in-depth and systematic analysis of the texts on the theory of Indian painting, it critically examines the different ways in which the texts have been interpreted and used in the study of Indian painting, and suggests a new approach to reading and understanding their concepts.


The Politics of Self-Expression: The Urdu Middleclass Milieu in Mid-Twentieth Century India and Pakistan
Markus Drechsle (Routledge, 2006)
ISBN: 9780415312141

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. The scope and arguments of this book make an innovative contribution to the historiography of modern South Asia, by focusing on the middle-class milieu which was the epicentre of this new political culture.


Tribal Politics in Iran: Rural Conflict and the New State, 1921-1941
Stephanie Cronin (Routledge, 2006)
ISBN: 9780415404402

Placing Iran’s ‘tribal problem’ in its historical context, Tribal Politics in Iran provides an overall assessment of 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 socio-economic factors undermining tribal politics under the regime of Reza Shah, and examines the division which took place regarding the ‘tribal problem’.


Anglo-Iranian Relations since 1800
Vanessa Martin (Ed.) (Routledge, 2005)
ISBN: 9780415372954

With contributions from renowned experts in the field, this book provides an excellent background to the history of Anglo-Iranian relations. Focusing on Iran’s political and economic relationship with Britain and issues of strategic sensitivity, the book also illuminates British relations with society and the state and describes the interaction between various representatives and agents of both countries.


The British Occupation of Indonesia, 1945-1946: Britain, The Netherlands and the Indonesian Revolution
Richard McMillan (Routledge, 2005)
ISBN: 9780415355513

This is the first work to examine systematically the British occupation of Indonesia after the Second World War. The occupation by British-Indian forces between 1945 and 1946 bridged the gap between the surrender of Japan and the resumption of Dutch rule, and this book is a reappraisal of the conduct on the ground of that British Occupation. Contrary to previous studies, it demonstrates that occupation was neither exclusively pro-Dutch nor pro-Indonesian; nor was it the orderly affair portrayed in the official histories. Richard McMillan draws upon a wide range of sources previously unavailable to scholars – such as recently declassified government papers and papers in private archives; he has also carried out revealing interviews with key players.


Muslims in India Since 1947: Islamic Perspectives on Inter-Faith Relations
Yoginder Sikand (Routledge, 2004)
ISBN: 9780415314862

Muslims in India today are responding to the challenge of religious pluralism in a variety of ways. This book explores the attempts being made by scholar-activists and Muslim organisations to develop new understandings of Islam to relate to people of other faiths and to the modern nation-state, and to deal with issues such as democracy and secularism. It examines how a common predicament, characterised by a sense of siege and the perception of being an oppressed minority, is producing new expressions of Islam, some of which seek to relate to non-Muslims in terms of confrontation, and others which call for dialogue, reconciliation and inter-faith harmony.


The Origins of Himalayan Studies: Brian Houghton Hodgson in Nepal and Darjeeling
David Waterhouse (Ed.) (Routledge, 2004)
ISBN: 9780415312158

Brian Houghton Hodgson lived in Nepal from 1820 to 1843, during which time he wrote and published extensively on Nepalese culture, religion, natural history, architecture, ethnography and linguistics. Contributors from leading historians of Nepal and South Asia, and from specialists in Buddhist studies, art history, linguistics, ornithology and ethnography, critically examine Hodgson’s life and achievement within the context of his contribution to scholarship. Many of the drawings photographed for this book have not previously been published.


Persian Literature – A Bio-Bibliographical Survey: Poetry of the Pre-Mongol Period (Volume V)
François de Blois (Routledge, 2004)
ISBN: 9780947593476

This famous work from the Royal Asiatic Society is an indispensable tool for all serious students of Persian literature, history and culture, and a welcome companion to Persian literature in its most glorious period. This volume is the second, revised edition of three parts published in 1992 and 1994.


The Courts of Pre-Colonial South India: Material Culture and Kingship
Jennifer Howes (Routledge, 2003)
ISBN: 9780700715855

This book investigates how the material culture of South Indian courts was perceived by those who lived there in the pre-colonial period. Howes peels away the standard categories used to study Indian palace space, such as public/private and male/female, and replaces them with indigenous descriptions of space found in court poetry, vastu shastra and painted representations of courtly life. Set against the historical background of the events which led to the formation of the Ramnad Kingdom, the Kingdom’s material circumstances are examined, beginning with the innermost region of the palace and moving out to the Kingdom via the palace compound itself and the walled town which surrounded it. An important study for both art historians and South India specialists. The volume is richly illustrated in colour.


Society, Politics and Economics in Mazandaran, Iran 1848-1914
Mohammad Ali Kazembeyki (RoutledgeCurzon, 2003)
ISBN: 9780700715046

This is the first major study of provincial history in the Qajar period. Drawing extensively on unpublished Iranian and British documents, it explores the history of Mazandaran, a province in the Caspian region, during 1848-1914, when the province as a part of Iran was exposed to the policies of rival great powers, particularly Tzarist Russia. While showing socio-economic characteristics of Mazandaran and its potential for development, the book examines in detail the transformation of the traditional provincial community and economy in the course of the 19th and early 20th centuries.


Theology, Ethics and Metaphysics: Royal Asiatic Society Classics of Islam

Hiroyuki Mashita (Ed.) (Routledge, 2003)

ISBN: 9780700716708

This collection of classic works, originally published under the auspices of the Royal Asiatic Society, includes an introduction by Professor Edmund Bosworth, and a preface by Professor Anthony Stockwell. Primary texts include works by F. Rosen, W.F. Thompson, C.E. Sachau, R.A. Nicholson, W.H.T. Gairdner, W.M. Miller and J. Robson, spanning over 100 years of oriental scholarship.


Studies in Turkic and Mongolic Linguistics
Gerard Clauson (Routledge, 2002)
ISBN: 9780415297721

Now back in print, having been unavailable for many years, this is one of the most important contributions to Turkic and Mongolic linguistics, and to the contentious ‘Altaic theory’. Proponents of the theory hold that Turkish is part of the Altaic family, and that Turkish accordingly exists in parallel with Mongolic and Tungusic-Manchu. Whatever the truth of this theory, Gerard Clauson’s erudite and vigorously expressed views, based as they were on a remarkable knowledge of the lexicon of the Altaic languages and his outstanding work in the field of Turkish lexicography, continues to command respect and deserve attention.


The Zen Arts: An Anthropological Study of the Culture of Aesthetic Form in Japan
Rupert Cox (Routledge, 2002)
ISBN: 9780700714759

The tea ceremony and the martial arts are intimately linked in the popular and historical imagination with Zen Buddhism, and Japanese culture. They are commonly interpreted as religio-aesthetic pursuits which express core spiritual values through bodily gesture and the creation of highly valued objects. Ideally, the experience of practising the Zen arts culminates in enlightenment. This book challenges that long-held view and proposes that the Zen arts should be understood as part of a literary and visual history of representing Japanese culture through the arts. Cox argues that these texts and images emerged fully as systems for representing the arts during the modern period, produced within Japan as a form of cultural nationalism and outside Japan as part of an orientalist discourse. Practitioners’ experiences are in fact rarely referred to in terms of Zen or art, but instead are spatially and socially grounded. Combining anthropological description with historical criticism, Cox shows that the Zen arts are best understood in terms of a dynamic relationship between an aesthetic discourse on art and culture and the social and embodied experiences of those who participate in them.


The History of the Mohammedan Dynasties in Spain

Ahmed ibn Mohammed al Makkari (RoutledgeCurzon, 2002)

ISBN: 9780415297714

This is the original History of the Mohammedan Dynasties of Spain reprinted from the first edition of 1840-43. A masterpiece of typography in its own right, it is an early, ingenious and fascinating history of Muslim Spain. One hundred and fifty years on, it represents the foundations of our modern understanding of a great civilisation, and a fresh and vibrant introduction to the history of the time.


Women, Religion and Culture in Iran
Sarah Ansari and Vanessa Martin (Eds.) (Routledge, 2001)
ISBN: 9780700715091

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, and the consequences of developments since 1979.


The Man in the Panther’s Skin

Shot’ha Rust’haveli Rusthaveli, translated by M. S Wardrop (Routledge, 2001)

ISBN: 9780947593438

This romantic epic is said to have been in a unique manner the book of a nation for 700 years. This is a reprint of the 1912 translation.


Persian Paintings in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society

W Robinson (Routledge, 1998)

ISBN: 9780947593162


Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings, Engravings and Busts in the Collection of the Royal Asiatic Society

Raymond Head (Routledge, 1991)

ISBN: 9780947593070



The Royal Asiatic Society: Its History and Treasures

Simon Digby, Stuart Simmonds (Routledge, 1979)

ISBN: 9780947593353



Abu Dharr Al-Ghifari

J. Cameron (Routledge, 2004)

ISBN: 9780718909628



Al-Kitab Al-Aqdas or The Most Holy Book

Elder, Mirza Husayn, W. McE. Miller (Routledge, 2002)

ISBN: 9780947593209



Arab Navigation in the Indian Ocean before the Portuguese

R Tibbetts ()

ISBN: 9780947593230



The Baluchi Language

H Elfenbein ()

ISBN: 9780947593346



Burzoy’s Voyage to India and the Origin of the Book of Kalilah Wa Dimnah

François de Blois ()

ISBN: 9780947593063

The Cambodian Version of the Ramayana

Kuoch Haksrea, Jeanne Jacob, Reamker (Ramakerti) Reamker ()

ISBN: 9780947593025

A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions

  1. E Richardson ()

ISBN: 9780947593001

Guide to the Romanization of Burmese

John Okell ()

ISBN: 9780947593322

Ibn Al-Jazzar on Forgetfulness and Its Treatment

  1. Bos ()

ISBN: 9780947593124

Julfar, An Arabic Port

  1. Hansman ()

ISBN: 9780947593018

Nagaur: Sultanate and Early Mughal History and Architecture of the District of Nagaur, India

  1. Shokoohy, N. H Shokoohy ()

ISBN: 9780947593094

A Pilgrimage to Lalish

  1. J Edmonds (2004)

ISBN: 9780947593285

A Study of the Arabic Texts Containing Material on South-East Asia

  1. R Tibbetts ()

ISBN: 9780947593247

A Study of the Gujarati Language in the XVth Century

  1. N Dave ()

ISBN: 9780947593308

Tibetan Literary Texts and Documents Concerning Chinese Turkistan: Volume 4: Addenda and Corrigenda

Royal Asiatic Society ()

ISBN: 9780947593223

Two Prakrit Versions of the Manipati-carita

  1. Williams ()

ISBN: 9780947593315

Vicitrakaranikavadanoddhrta: A Collection of Buddhistic Legends

Hans Jorgensen ()

ISBN: 9780947593186