New Books List

Publisher:

Tolworth : Grosvenor House , 2017.

Call Number:

KIC 954.0359 I393 2017

Pages:

xxiv, 639 pages : illustrations ; 20cm

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
If India was a jewel in the British Crown then, logically, no event could be more momentous than the end of the British Rule in India. It is obvious that the end of the British Raj in India is a subject which has few rivals in terms of interest and importance. No wonder that so many books have been written on this subject. But none had informed the readers of the actual contents of the Parliamentary Debates relating to Indian Independence Act. This is what this book does. The declassified archives have been made public for the first time and the editor's preface gives a provoking, although controversial, perspective.
Publisher:

Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Call Number:

KIC 954.918004 B685S 2020

Pages:

xv 318 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
This book demonstrates how a local elite built upon colonial knowledge to produce a vernacular knowledge that maintained the older legacy of a pluralistic Sufism. As the British reprinted a Sufi work, Shah Abd al-Latif Bhittai's Shah jo risalo, in an effort to teach British officers Sindhi, the local intelligentsia, particularly driven by a Hindu caste of professional scribes (the Amils), seized on the moment to promote a transformation from traditional and popular Sufism (the tasawuf) to a Sufi culture (Sufiyani saqafat). Using modern tools, such as the printing press, and borrowing European vocabulary and ideology, such as Theosophical Society, the intelligentsia used Sufism as an idiomatic matrix that functioned to incorporate difference and a multitude of devotional traditions—Sufi, non-Sufi, and non-Muslim—into a complex, metaphysical spirituality that transcended the nation-state and filled the intellectual, spiritual, and emotional voids of postmodernity.
Publisher:

New York : Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, 2020.

Call Number:

KIC 909 F834N 2020

Pages:

xxi, 308 pages : map ; 21 cm.

Subject:

History and Geography

Summary:
"A revelatory vision of the world today, as it is seen by the rising powers of the East. "All roads used to lead to Rome. Now they lead to Beijing." So argues Peter Frankopan in this timely and visionary new book about the present and future of a world that is changing dramatically before our very eyes. In this age of Brexit and Trump, the West is buffeted by the tides of isolation and fragmentation. Yet to the East, this is a moment of optimism as a new network of relationships takes shape along the routes of the ancient trade routes. In The New Silk Roads, Peter Frankopan takes us on an eye-opening journey through the region, from China's breathtaking infrastructure investments to the flood of trade deals among Central Asian republics to the growing rapprochement between Turkey and Russia. This important book asks us to put aside our preconceptions and see the world from a new -- and ultimately hopeful -- perspective"--