New Publication - Vom Wesen der Dinge: Realitäten und Konzeptionen des Materiellen in der chinesischen Kultur by Phillip Grimberg, Grete Schönebeck (Eds.)
As part of the cooperation between the Deutschen Vereinigung für Chinastudien and CrossAsia-eBooks we were able to publish another volume of the series “Jahrbuch der DVCS” as an open access publication: Phillip Grimberg, Grete Schönebeck (Hg.) - Vom Wesen der Dinge: Realitäten und Konzeptionen des Materiellen in der chinesischen Kultur
New Publication - Translating Islam, Translating Religion: Conceptions of Religion and Islam in the Aligarh Movement by Arian Hopf
The 19th century is characterized by a colonial encounter with South Asia. The religions of South Asia are analyzed, categorized and compared with Christianity by the Europeans. Missionary and Orientalist criticism, as well as modern science, present an entirely new confrontation for the Muslims of South Asia. The aim of "Translating Islam, Translating Religion" is to analyze Muslim responses to this confrontation, which imply both a translation of Islam according to the reference point of Christianity and a reinterpretation of the concept of religion itself. The focus here is on the Aligarh movement, which is intensively involved in these debates and tries to put forward a new interpretation of Islam.
New Publication - A Course in Reading Classical Newari: Selections from the Vetālapañcaviṃśati
A Course in Reading Classical Newari is intended for all who wish to acquire a basic knowledge of this acutely understudied language. The first part of the book provides an introduction to the phonology, morphology, and syntax of Classical Newari on the basis of the literary language of the late 17th century. Part two consists of twelve annotated reading passages that have been taken from various manuscripts of the as yet unedited Newari version of one of the most popular texts of the South Asian narrative tradition, the Vetālapañcaviṃśati. Appended to the book are a key to the exercises, translations of the reading passages, an index of verb forms, and a glossary.
New Publication - Tackling Urban Monotony: Cultural Heritage Conservation in China’s Historically and Culturally Famous Cities by Fabienne Wallenwein
With the threat and emergence of monotonous cityscapes in a rapidly urbanizing China, the pressure to preserve local characteristics has taken center stage. Central and local governments at the beginning of the 1980s responded by prioritizing 24 cities with historical value and cultural relics. Drawing on international standards and experiences of early Chinese architects such as Liang Sicheng, the concept of “Historically and Culturally Famous Cities” begins to take shape. The study Tackling Urban Monotony: Cultural Heritage Conservation in China’s Historically and Culturally Famous Cities delineates three revitalized residential areas in the Jiangnan region. While Pingjiang Historic Block in Suzhou and Tongli Ancient Water Town are characterized by Ming and Qing period architecture, Tianzifang in Shanghai is a mixed-use urban block with lilong housing and factory buildings. Based on these three areas which now serve as exemplars for integrated conservation and development, the study argues and demonstrates how “Historically and Culturally Famous Cities” developed from their initial concept into a multi-layered conservation system.
New Publication - Mythos und Moloch: Die Metropole in der modernen Hindi-Literatur (ca.1970-2010) by Johanna Hahn
The study Mythos und Moloch examines Hindi urban literature in the period between 1970 and the present. Using popular myths such as the "deceptive city" (māyāvī śahar), characters such as the flaneur and places such as the tea stall, it shows how regional-language narratives form an interface between global and national discourses and local worlds of experience. Hindi urban literature opens a critical discourse space for social self-questioning in modern India.
New publication - A Manual of Modern Kannada by Robert J. Zydenbos
In search of a new challenge? Want to learn a South Asian language? Maybe Kannada? Then CrossAsia-eBooks has the ideal textbook - A Manual of Modern Kannada by Robert Zydenbos.
Kannada (also known as Canarese) is one among the few great living Indian literary languages that have officially been recognized as classical languages by the Government of India on account of their historical importance and literary richness. Today it is spoken by roughly 65 million people, is the sole official language of the south Indian state of Karnataka, and is recognized as one of the leading modern literary languages of India. This manual was especially written for the teaching of this Dravidian language in an academic setting, but is also suitable for private self-learning.
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