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The Waqai-i Manazil-i Rum is an important Indian document of the late 18th century. An incomplete account of Tipu Sultan of Mysore’s embassy to the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid I, it provides a fascinating insight into the travails of sea voyages of the time, as well as descriptions of local...
In a Muslim village in Sri Lanka, one woman, Sakhina, was collectively reviled for committing adultery while other women who had committed adultery were not. This article uses a figured world/cultural models theory to describe and explain both Sakhina’s and the villagers’ behaviour. It shows...
This article lays foundations for further critical examination of the problems of exploitation created by a feudal system that rested in the lap of colonialism and has been romanticized and even depicted as ‘modern’. It indicates that the despotic rule of the princely states of Orissa under...
Dumont’s denial of individuality to Hindus, with the exception of renouncers of the world, has provoked a fascinating, but in many ways confusing debate on the subject of the individual and the self. The present article uses oral historical information and writings by Rāj Khyāpā, a Bengali...
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