Asia House Literature Festival- 2017

By Farzana Whitfield|May 12, 2017|China and Inner Asia, History, Korea, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, South Asia, South East Asia|0 comments

I had the great pleasure of attending the author Elif Safak’s Room for Rumi event last night which brought her engaging new novel: The Forty Rules of Love: A novel of Rumi to life through a literary exchange. It was a stimulating discussion about mysticism, faith, sufism, writing, hope and love. The Asia House literature festival (9-26th May) is a jam packed event covering stories and literary journeys from many

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Ancient Near East, Semitics & Judaica: new book acquisitions in October / November 2016

By Mary Fisk|December 1, 2016|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Art and Archaeology, History, Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

This is a selection of new titles (print and electronic) acquired by SOAS Library for the Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica collections. This section of the Library also includes material on modern Israeli / Palestinian studies. Please note that only SOAS staff and students will have access to e-books Ancient Near Eastern Civilizations Lettres en akkadien de la “Maison d’urtēnu” : fouilles de 1994 / Sylvie Lackenbacher et Florence

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November launch of ‘South Asia Series’ talks at the British Library

By Farzana Whitfield|November 7, 2016|Art and Archaeology, History, Literature, Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Nathaniel Halhed’s ‘A Grammar of the Bengal Language’ (Hoogly, 1778). British Library, T 6863. This November sees an exciting series of talks taking place at the British Library centering around the British Library’s South Asia collections and the Two Centuries of Indian Print digitisation project. The talks will bring cutting research to the forefront including discursive debates with academics, curators and researchers from the UK and beyond. Themes include lithographs, manuscripts

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Vernacular Scripts of the Indus Valley and Beyond

By Farzana Whitfield|May 19, 2016|Africa, Anthropology and Sociology, Archival collections, History, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Religions, South Asia|0 comments

The following exciting workshop is taking place at the British Library. Come and be a part of it: Vernacular Scripts of the Indus Valley and Beyond Friday, 20 May 2016 The Eliot Room, British Library Conference Centre London  10:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Nur Sobers-Khan (British Library) 10:30 – 11:15 Personal Reflections and Observations on the Indus Valley Scripts Christopher Shackle, SOAS (London) 11:15 – 12:00 An Anthropological Perspective

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Donation of Igbo books to SOAS Library

By dsw|May 3, 2016|Africa, Linguistics, Literature|0 comments

As part of the SOAS Centenary celebrations Mr Godson Echebima has very kindly donated seven Igbo titles to the Library.  Mr Echebima taught in the SOAS Language Centre from 2003-2014.  In addition to his teaching and scholarship he is one of the founding conveners of the annual international Igbo Conference held at SOAS. His books are now available in the Library: 1. A Textbook of Igbo Grammar 2. A Textbook of Igbo Linguistics 3. Essential English – Igbo

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Free PDF link to: Tellings and texts music, literature and performance in North India

By Farzana Whitfield|April 1, 2016|Literature, Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Image courtesy of Open Book Publishers Francesca Orsini- SOAS professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature has a recently published book out titled: Telling and Texts music, literature and performance In North India. Examining materials from early modern and contemporary North India and Pakistan, Tellings and Texts brings together seventeen first-rate papers on the relations between written and oral texts, their performance, and the musical traditions these performances have entailed.

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Newly Launched Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts

By Jotika Khur-Yearn|March 8, 2016|History, Literature, Religions, South East Asia|0 comments

The University of Pennsylvania and National Library of Laos have launched the Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts at lannamanuscripts.net as a resource for the study of traditional literature from this region. At present, the digital library contains images of over 4,200 manuscripts which can be searched and viewed online or freely downloaded, and to which more manuscripts will be added. The database contains four collections: digitised microfilms from the

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Heroes, heroines, romance and pathos: the ttakchibon collection at SOAS Library

By David Pearson|September 28, 2015|Korea, Literature|0 comments

By Irene Tortorella, Korean Language Cataloguer Once upon a time there was in Korea a genre of popular fiction called yukchŏn sosŏl (novels at the price of 6 chŏn) that attracted readers from every social class. The introduction of the movable type printing press technology from the West lead to a mass-production of cheap and easy-to-carry novels that spread from the late 19th century on. In light of the growth

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Up and coming events at the King’s India Institute- this September

By Farzana Whitfield|September 17, 2015|Development Studies, Economics, Films and Sound Recordings, History, Literature, Politics and International Relations, South Asia|0 comments

All the events organised by the King’s India Institute are free. RSVP is not needed unless mentioned on the event listing.  Events in September 2015 Uski Roti ‘His Bread’ (1969, dir. Mani Kaul, Hindi with English subtitles) Indian Modernisms film series at The Tagore Centre for Global Thought Date:              21 September 2015 Venue:           Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), Strand Campus, London Time:              6.30-9pm Our first screening in the Indian Modernisms series.

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Remarkable Acquisitions for SOAS Library’s South-East Asia Collections

By Jotika Khur-Yearn|August 10, 2015|Art and Archaeology, History, Linguistics, Literature, Religions, South East Asia|0 comments

Here’s an update and good news from SOAS Library. We have recently purchased two remarkable acquisitions for the South-East Asia collections in the library. 1. The Papers of Lee Kuan Yew : speeches, interview and dialogues (1950-2011), comprising 19 volumes plus bibliographical references and index. All the 20 items are kept under the classmark: L. HI320 / 515961. Key features of the publication include: The most comprehensive collection of various

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