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  • WHITE MUGHALS

    From the author of the Samuel Johnson prize-shortlisted ‘Return of a King’, the romantic and ultimately tragic tale of a passionate love affair that transcended all the cultural, religious and political boundaries of its time.
    James Achilles Kirkpatrick was the British Resident at the court of Hyderabad when he met Khair un-Nissa – ‘Most Excellent among Women’ – the great-niece of the Prime Minister of Hyderabad. He fell in love with her and overcame many obstacles to marry her, converting to Islam and, according to Indian sources, becoming a double-agent working against the East India Company.
    It is a remarkable story, but such things were not unknown: from the early sixteenth century to the eve of the Indian Mutiny, the ‘white Mughals’ who wore local dress and adopted Indian ways were a source of embarrassment to successive colonial administrations. Dalrymple unearths such colourful figures as ‘Hindoo Stuart’, who travelled with his own team of Brahmins to maintain his temple of idols, and Sir David Auchterlony, who took all 13 of his Indian wives out for evening promenades, each on the back of her own elephant.
    In ‘White Mughals’, William Dalrymple discovers a world almost entirely unexplored by history, and places at its centre a compelling tale of seduction and betrayal.

    Author: William Dalrymple

    ISBN: 9780006550969
    ISBN: 9780006550969
    Publisher: PENGUIN BOOK
    Subtitle: LOVE & BETRAYAL IN EIGHTEENTH- CENTURY INDIA
    Author: WILLIAM DALRYMPLE

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  • THE DANCING GIRLS OF LAHORE

    The dancing girls of Lahore inhabit the Diamond Market in the shadow of a great mosque. The twenty-first century goes on outside the walls of this ancient quarter but scarcely registers within. Though their trade can be described with accuracy as prostitution, the dancing girls have an illustrious history: Beloved by emperors and nawabs, their sophisticated art encompassed the best of Mughal culture. The modern-day Bollywood aesthetic, with its love of gaudy spectacle, music, and dance, is their distant legacy. But the life of the pampered courtesan is not the one now being lived by Maha and her three girls. What they do is forbidden by Islam, though tolerated; but they are gandi, “unclean,” and Maha’s daughters, like her, are born into the business and will not leave it.

    Sociologist Louise Brown spent four years in the most intimate study of the family life of a Lahori dancing girl. With beautiful understatement, she turns a novelist’s eye on a true story that beggars the imagination. Maha, a classically trained dancer of exquisite grace, had her virginity sold to a powerful Arab sheikh at the age of twelve; when her own daughter Nena comes of age and Maha cannot bring in the money she once did, she faces a terrible decision as the agents of the sheikh come calling once more.
    ISBN: 9780060740436
    Publisher: HARPER PERENNIAL
    Subtitle:
    Author: LOUISE BROWN

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  • EGYPT’S BELLE ÉPOQUE


    ISBN: 1845112407
    Publisher: I.B.TAURIS
    Subtitle: CAIRO AND THE AGE OF THE HEDONISTS
    Author: TREVOR MOSTYN

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  • PALACES

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    PALACES


    ISBN: 3791329146
    Publisher: PRESTEL
    Subtitle: THAT CHANGES THE WORLD
    Author: KLAUS

     2,500 8,903
  • LITERACY IN TRADITIONAL SOCIETIES


    ISBN: 9780521290050
    Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: JACK GOODY

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  • PACIFIC PATTERN


    ISBN: 050051237X
    Publisher: THAMES & HUDSON
    Subtitle:
    Author: SUSANNE KUCHLER

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  • WOMEN WITH MUSTACHES AND MEN WITHOUT BEARDS


    ISBN: 0520242637
    Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS
    Subtitle: GENDER AND SEXUAL ANXIETIES OF IRANIAN MODERNITY
    Author: AFSANEH NAJMABADI

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  • CARMEN PERRIN CONTEXTS


    ISBN: 9783764370985
    Publisher: BIRKHAUSER
    Subtitle: PUBLIC SITUATIONS
    Author: MARGIT ROWELL

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  • CULTURE


    ISBN: 8957701087
    Publisher: ARCHIWORLD
    Subtitle: PROJECT TYPE (FUNCTIONAL FACILITIES)
    Author: ARCHIWORLD

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  • CONSUMING SPORT


    ISBN: 0415288908
    Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
    Subtitle: FANS, SPORT AND CULTURE
    Author: GARRY CRAWFORD

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  • ONE PLACE AFTER ANOTHER


    ISBN: 026261202X
    Publisher: THE MIT PRESS
    Subtitle: SITE-SPECIFIC AND LOCATIONAL IDENTITY
    Author: MIWON KWON

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  • PAUL GILROY AFTER EMPIRE


    ISBN: 0415343089
    Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
    Subtitle: MELANCHLIA OR COVIVIAL CULTURE
    Author: PAUL GILROY

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  • GODS MONGRELS & DEMONS


    ISBN: 1582344310
    Publisher: BLOOMSBURY
    Subtitle: 101 BRIEF BUT ESSENTIAL LIVES
    Author: ANGUS CALDER

     901 3,181
  • PAKISTAN’S RADIOACTIVE DECADE

    Pakistan’s Radioactive Decade focuses on the cultural output of the 1970s, the most momentous ten years in the nation’s history. The book examines the unprecedented experimentation that occurred in a diverse range of fields, including art, dance, music, television, fashion, and advertising, among others.

    Over forty writers present their reflections of the national scene. The book also includes the interviews of many iconic figures from the 1970s. The catalyst for the book was an exhibition by the same title held at Amin Gulgee Gallery in March 2016. Co-curators Niilofur Farrukh and Amin Gulgee commissioned 47 artists of different ages to create work inspired by this pivotal decade. These visual acts of remembering and reflecting are included in the book as well.

    Pakistan’s Radioactive Decade serves as a testimony of the times. Voices of the nation have shared their memories of this vibrant and turbulent decade—an era which older generations reminisce over and the younger generation strives to comprehend.


    ISBN: 9780199405695
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: NIILOFUR FARRUKH AMIN GULGEE JOHN MCCARRY

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  • CHINA AND THE WEST


    ISBN: 9781138321281
    Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
    Subtitle: CROSSROADS OF CIVILISATION
    Author: PETER NOLAN

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  • PAGAN CHRISTMAS

    This authoritative work sheds light on the religious world of the Kalasha people of the Birir valley of the Pakistani district of Chitral, focusing on their winter feasts which culminate in a great winter solstice festival. The Kalasha represent the last example of the pre-Islamic cultures of the Hindu Kush/Karakorum, but are also the only observable example, worldwide, of an archaic Indo-European religion. Cacopardo addresses the historical and cultural context of the area and, referencing an array of relevant literature, offers comparisons with the Indian world and the religious folklore of Europe. Interdisciplinary and based on extensive field research, Pagan Christmas is the first extended ethnographic study devoted to this little known Kalasha community and represents a standard international reference source on the anthropology, ethnography and history of religions of Pakistan and Central South Asia. Augusto S. Cacopardo has conducted anthropological research in Pakistan under the aegis of the Institute Italianoper l’Africa e l’Oriente and is Professor of Ethnography at the University of Florence. His publications include the monograph Gates of Perstian: History, Religion and Society in the Hindu Kush (2001), co-authored with his brother Alberto M.
    Cacopardo.
    ISBN: 9781909942844
    Publisher: GINGKO LIBRARY
    Subtitle: WINTER FEASTS OF THE KALASHA OF THE HINDU KUSH
    Author: AUGUSTO S. CACOPARDO

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  • INDIANS IN A GLOBALIZING WORLD


    ISBN: 9789351362661
    Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: THEIR SKEWED RISE
    Author: DILIP HIRO

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  • Sindh

    Sindh represents a unique geopolitical entity in the history of the Indian subcontinent. Drained by the Indus, its fertile plains stretch between the mountain ranges of Balochistan’s to the west and the Thar desert in the east. Across the passes through Balochistan, Sindh connects with Iran; on the eastern side the desert cuts it off from the mass of India barring a few caravan routes. The Indus delta makes up for this acting as a trade artery along its length and giving Sindh strong maritime links with Kutch and Gujarat and across the Arabian Sea with the Persian Gulf. Situated at the crossroads of diverse cultural influences, its physical terrain has fostered a variety of crafts from the time of the Indus Civilization to the present. Three major events have contributed to the shaping of Sindh’s history, politics, and culture: the Muslim conquest in 711, the British conquest in 1843, and the Partition of India in 1947. The last has been the most dramatic and far-reaching, altering the demography of the region when the Hindus moved out and Muslim refugees from other parts of India moved to Pakistan. This is the first lavishly illustrated book to look at the heritage of Sindh, with chapters by scholars from both India and Pakistan. The first half takes note of the famed Indus Civilization; the Buddhist Stupas and Sculpture, Hindu temples, Islamic monuments and tombs; the port city of Banbhore; and the coinage and economy up to the time when the British annexed Sindh. Later chapters evoke a sense of cultural nostalgia on a range of subjects: the colourful woven and embroidered fabrics of Sindh; the visual records of the region by British artists and photographers; Karachi, cosmopolitan city of Sindh, modelled on Bombay, as remembered by those who once lived there; the sense of tumult and displacement which still resonates in works by artists on both sides of the border; and the distinctive cuisine of the province as remembered by Diasporic Sindhis.


    ISBN: 8185026882
    Publisher: MARG PUBLICATIONS
    Subtitle: Past Glory, Present Nostalgia
    Author: PRATAPADITYA PAL

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  • ARABIA OF THE BEDOUINS

    This remarkable record of Marcel Kurpershoek expedition and encounters in the Saudi Arabian desert in the late 1980s details his search for the living chronicle of Saudi Arabia—the oral poetry of the Bedouins. In the vast desert, Kurpershoek discovered poets who composed verses celebrating bravery and feats of arms, especially those of the poet ad-Dindan—proof of the authenticity of the pre-Islamic tradition in Arabian oral poetry. Part travelogue, and part book of poems, this book offers valuable insight into contemporary and traditional Saudi society.


    ISBN: 0863568092
    Publisher: SAQI BOOKS
    Subtitle:
    Author: MARCEL KURPERSHOEK

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  • LIVING CULTURE


    ISBN: 0712669590
    Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
    Subtitle: A VALUES-DRIVEN APPROACH TO REVITALISING YOUR COMPANY CULTURE
    Author: JAN THORNBURY

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