We have received the book by Alex Watson, Dominic Goodall, and S. L. P. Anjaneya Sarma (eds. and transl.), An Enquiry into the Nature of Liberation: Bhaṭṭa Rāmakaṇṭha's Paramokṣanirāsakārikāvṛtti, A Commentary on Sadyojyotiḥ's Refutation of Twenty Conceptions of the Liberated State (mokṣa), Institut Français de Pondichéry/Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, 2013 (Collection Indologie - 122).
This is the first critical edition of a short philosphical treatise in 59 Sanskrit verses on twenty rival teories of librated state (mokṣa) composed by Sadyojyotiḥ's (c. 675-725 AD), its long commentary by Bhaṭṭa Rāmakaṇṭha's (c. 950-1000 AD), along with an annotated translation of both works, and an introduction.
The Società Italiana di Storia Internazionale (SISI - Italian Society of International History) is a scholarly, non-political, non-profit professional association established in Padua (Italy) in March 15, 2011. It is the first society of this kind in Italy. Its aims are “promoting the development of International History in Italy, supporting contacts and cooperation among Italian and foreign scholars working in this area, representing its members in the Italian academic institutional bodies and more generally in public and private bodies responsible for research, teaching and dissemination of historical culture.”
We have just received the book by Amina Jamal, Jamaat-e-Islami Women in Pakistan. Vanguard of a New Modernity? Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2013.
Through an ethnographic and textual study of Jamat women elected to local, provincial, and national bodies in Pakistan (2002-2008), Jamal draws attention to the forces that enabled these women to cover important roles within the party and in the two major centers of Karachi and Lahore.
The Association of Japanese Institutes of Strategic Studies (AJISS) has just published the AJISS-Commentary No. 191 "Our Sense of Uneasiness about America" by Nakayama Toshihiro, professor of US politics and foreign policy at Aoyama Gakuin University, and Visiting Fellow at The Japan Institute of International Affairs.
Has the US turned inward-looking? In a certain sense, the advent of the Obama administration could be considered a sign of such a turn. Indeed, one of the objectives stated by the Obama administration was a course correction away from the excessive intervention of the Bush era. Shaken by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the US veered sharply onto a course of intervention to eliminate that threat. Many Americans undoubtedly had in the backs of their minds questions about whether this course had made the US safer or simply deepened the chasm with the international community as they elected Obama to pursue a new approach to relations with the rest of the world.
We have just received by snail mail the Newsletter for Research in Chinese Studies, 128 (November 2013 - vol. 32, no. 4), a hard copy quarterly published by the Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) of Taiwan (The Republic of China). The journal is published in Chinese and subtitled in English.
In this issue: Summary of Research, Researchers of Chinese Studies Scholars, Research Institutes, Book Review, Conference Reports, News from Academia.
Prof. John E. Cort of the Department of Religion at Denison University (USA) has pointed out the recent update of the sexual harassment manual of the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS). Some of the manual explains the specific policies of AIIS, nevertheless the first section is of great use for professors and students. Starting by saying that the recent gang rape and murder is a shame for all India, I found the manual very useful. Here is the link: http://www.indiastudies.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/sexual-harassment-manual-final.pdf