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Vol. 8 (2016)



Re-evaluating the Land Reforms in West Bengal
Koichi Fujita


A Fragment of Baṙu Caṇḍīdāsa’s Śrīkr̥ṣṇakīrtan Newly Discovered in Kathmandu
Makoto Kitada

Reconfiguring Boundaries and Gender Relations in the Religious Sphere: The Women in an Alternative Group of Tablighi Jamaat in Bangladesh
Momotaj Begum

Persistence and Change in Occupational Groups among Muslims in Rural Bangladesh: A Case Study of Sanaidar Jati in Tangail District
Ai Sugje

Discursive Formation of Peace Practice: Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord and Village Society of Bangladesh
Ranjan Saha Partha


The Contemporary Fertility Transition in India
K.S. James and Annie George


Vol. 7 (2015)



India as a Unique ‘State-Nation’
Norio Kondo

Pollution, Ontological Equality, or Unthinkable Series? Notes on Theorizations of South Asian Societies by Three Japanese Anthropologists
Katsuo Nawa


Long-term Agricultural Growth in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh from 1901/02 to 2001/02
Takashi Kurosaki

Stories of ‘Martyrs’ in the Maha Gujarat Movement
Riho Isaka

The Emergence of a New Community Festival: The Ramdev Cult and Pilgrimage in a Rajasthan Village
Sumie Nakatani

Internal Structure of Qasbā (Town) in the Marāṭhā Kingdom with Special Reference to Qasbā Indāpūr in Puṇe Subha (District)
Michihiro Ogawa

Language Change in Hindi Dialects: A Case Study of Bhojpuri, Magahi and Maithili
Miki Nishioka and Rajesh Kumar

Phantasm in Lime: The Permeating ‘Modernity’ in Manganiyar Community of Rajasthan
Kodai Konishi


M. Mufakharul Islam, An Economic History of Bengal, 1757-1947
Shinkichi Taniguchi


Vol. 6 (2014)



Did India Experience Rapid Population Growth in the Pre-Census Period?: A Village-level Study from South India
Tsukasa Mizushima


Changing Local Politics in Rural West Bengal, India: A Case Study of One Gram Panchayat
Hideki Mori

‘Satisfied with My Job’–What Does She Mean?: Exploring the World of Women Construction Workers in Nepal
Seiko Sato

Challenges and Prospects of Japan-India Relations in Indian Development
Makoto Kojima


Beyond the Eurocentric History of Migration: An Indian Perspective
Adapa Satyanarayana


Prasannan Parthasarathi, Why Europe Grew Rich and Asia Did Not: Global Economic Divergence, 1600-1850
Kazuo Kobayashi

Osamu Kondo, The Early Modern Monarchism in Mughal India with a Bibliographical Survey
Hiroyuki Kotani


Vol. 5 (2013)



Property Rights, Social Structure and Rural Society in Comparative Perspective: Evidence from Historic South Asia
Sumit Guha

Transformation in the Indian Ocean World Slave Trade since 1500
Gwyn Campbell

How Should we Describe the South Asian History of Literary Culture: Dialogues with the Essays Collected in Literary Cultures in History; Reconstructions from South Asia, edited by Sheldon Pollock
A Study Group on the History of South Asian Literature


Janamejaya and Pusyamitra
Ryutaro Tsuchida

Forged Salt Bills, Speculation, and the Money Marketin Calcutta: The Economy of Bengalin Colonial Transition, c.1790-1840
Sayako Kanda

Ethnic Conflict and Violence Against Internally Displaced Persons: A Case Study of the Bodoland Movement and Ethnic Clashes
Makiko Kimura

Changes in Gender Disparity in India: Evidence from National Family Health Survey
Kazuya Wada


Noboru Karashima, South Indian Society in Transition: Ancient to Medieval
Masahiko Mita

Iwao Shima, Teiji Sakata, and KatsuyukiIda (eds.), The Historical Background of the Bhakti Movement in India: Theory and Practice
John Stratton Hawley

Tanvir Anjum, Chishtī Sufis in the Sultanate of Delhi 1190-1400: From Restrained Indifference to Calculated Defiance
Ayako Ninomiya

Abhijit Dasgupta, Masahiko Togawa, and Abul Barkat (eds.), Minorities and the State: Changing Social and Political Landscape of Bengal
Mineo Takada

Narayan Lakshman, Patrons of the Poor: Caste Politics and Policymaking in India
Masayuki Kitagawa

Stephen P. Cohen and Sunil Dasgupta, Arming without Aiming: India’s Military Modernization
Tomoko Kiyota

Yogesh Raj, History as Mindscapes: A Memory of the Peasants’ Movement of Nepal
David N. Gellner


Vol. 4 (2011)



Introduction to the Debates: Studies of Colonial Industrialization
Shigeru Akita
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Colonial ‘Industrialization’: The Indian Experience in the Twentieth Century
Aditya Mukherjee
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Colonial Economy under Japanese Imperialism: Comparison with the Case of India
Kazuo Hori
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Secularism as ‘Purification’ of Hinduism’: Religious Reforms in Twentieth- Century Madras Presidency
Miwako Shiga
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Pakistani Labour Diasporas and Remittances: With Special Reference to Emigration to the United States
Hisaya Oda
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Economic Activities of Indian Business Groups in Thailand
Hideki Esho
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Navnita Chadha Behera, Demystifying Kashmir
Toru Ito
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Vol. 3 (2010)



Colonialism and Industrialization in India 1870-1940
Tirthankar Roy
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Democracy and Political Conflict in Pakistan
Mohammad Waseem
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The Consumption of Food as a Practice of Fire-oblation in Esoteric Buddhism in Medieval India
Tsunehiko Sugiki
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Forgotten Purity: Aswinikumar Datta’s Bhaktiyoga and Karmayoga
Masayuki Usuda
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Development of Labour Management System of Industrial Enterprise in Colonial India: A Case Study of Tata Iron and Steel Company
Chikayoshi Nomura
. . . (101)

Growth and Employment in India: The Impact of Globalization on Employment in
Indian Manufacturing Industries
Takahiro Sato
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Curing Cholera: Pathogens, Places and Poverty in South Asia
Pratik Chakrabarti
. . . (171)


Dipak Bhattacharya, The Paippalada-Samhita of the Atharvaveda: Critically Edited from Palm-leaf Manuscripts in the Oriya Script Discovered by Durgamohan Bhattacharyya and One Sarada Manuscript. Vol.1: Consisting of the First Fifteen Kandas, Vol.2: Consisting of the Sixteenth Kanda
Yasuhiro Tsuchiyama
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Vol. 2 (2009)



Democracy and its Limits in South Asia
Paul R. Brass
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Padikaval Tax and Local Chiefs under Chola and Pandyan Rule in Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries
Noboru Karashima
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Patronage and Literature in Colonial Gujarat
Riho Isaka
. . . (43)

Sounds of Difference:A Study on Urdu Orthography in the beginning of
Nineteenth Century
So Yamane
. . . (59)

World Apart:Peasants in Japan and Agricultural Laborers in Bangladesh
Koichi Fujita
. . . (87)

Book Reviews

Om Prakash, Bullion for Goods:European and Indian Merchants and Indian Ocean Trade 1500-1800
Akinobu Kuroda
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H.V. Bowen, The Business of Empire:The East India Company and Imperial Britain, 1756-1833
Tomotaka Kawamura
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Masahiko Togawa, An Abode of the Goddess:Kingship, Caste, and Sacrificial Organization in a Bengal Village
Vibha Arora
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Vol. 1 (2008)



The Emergence of Medieval State and Social Formation in South India
Noboru Karashima
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Indian History from Medieval to Modern Periods: An Alternative to the Land-System-Centred Perspective
H. Kotani, M. Mita and T. Mizushima
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Justification for and Classification of the Post-initiatory Carya in Later Indian Tantric Buddhism
Ryugen Tanemura
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Marrying Within: A Case from a Tamil Fishing Village in Sri Lanka
Masakazu Tanaka
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Institutionalization of ‘Public Sphere’ under Dependent Rural Development at Grass-Roots Level: Panchayati Raj in Eastern Uttar Pradesh
Norio Kondo
. . . (101)

Race and Malaria in the Geographies and Ethonographies of the Himalayas: A New Perspective from Recent Epidemiological Studies
Shigeru Kobayashi
. . . (135)

Book Reviews

Rajat Kanta Ray, The Felt Community: Commonality and Mentality before the Emergence of Indian Nationalism
Masayuki Usuda
. . . (163)

Christophe Jaffrelot, India’s Silent Revolution: The Rise of the Low Castes in North Indian Politics
Hiroki Miwa
. . . (169)

Lambert Schmithausen, On the Problem of the External World in the Ch’eng wei shih lun
Koichi Takahashi


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The International Journal of South Asian Studies is an annual English-language journal launched by the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies (JASAS) in 2008 to promote academic dialogues between Japanese and non-Japanese specialists on South Asia.

The Japanese Association for South Asian Studies invites scholars specialized in South Asian studies to contribute their scholarly works to the International Journal of South Asian Studies, and, in particular, participate in its ‘Debates’ intended to stimulate lively discussions on various topics relating to South Asia.


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  • Lundberg, Shelly J., Robert A. Pollak and Terrence J. Wales, 1997, ‘Do Husbands and Wives Pool Their Resources? Evidence from the United Kingdom Child Benefit’, Journal of Human Resources, vol. 32, issue 3, pp. 463-80.
  • Prabhakara, M.S., 2003, ‘Territories of Fear’, Frontline, vol. 20, issue 24 (22 November), (, accessed on 15 June 2013).
  • Sen, Amartya, 1998, ‘On Interpreting India’s Past’, in Sugata Bose and Ayesha Jalal (eds.), Nationalism, Democracy and Development: State and Politics in India, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, pp. 10-35.
  • Wiser, William H., 1936, The Hindu Jajmani System: A Socio-economic System Interrelating Members of a Hindu Village Community in Services, Lucknow: Lucknow Publishing House.
  • Yanagisawa, Haruka, 2001, ‘Eiinkankei to Indokogyoka no ichisokumen’ (Anglo-India Economic Relations and Indian Industrialisation in the 1930s), in Shigeru Akita and Naoto Kagotani (eds.), 1930nendai no Ajia kokusai chitsujo (International Order of Asia in the 1930s), Hiroshima: Keisui-Sha, pp. 237-59, (in Japanese).