Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Middle East book titles - 2018 February Recently added

    Here are some Middle East books (mostly Arabic language) we recently (February 2018) 
added to our VIRGO library catalog.
       Click on this link - Titles in Excel File with hot links
The Excel file has columns of
         LCCN, Call Number, VIRGO hot linked (click on any), and Titles (in Arabic mostly)
       



























































































































































Monday, January 29, 2018

Two 'global studies' events - coins and singing

    Two 'global studies' events - coins and singing this last weekend.
Dr. Sethuraman Suresh in Campbell Hall  



    1) First on Thursday late afteroon, a lecture by Sethuraman Suresh on "West Meets East: Commerce Between Ancient Rome and South Asia," with slides.  Did it really take a year for the Roman merchants (Greeks earlier)  to travel by sea, overland, up river, across the Arabian Sea to Kerala, then climb up and over the Western Ghats (sailing around the tip of India was more dangerous because of ferocious pirates) to the area south of Chenai, buy cloth and spices paying with their Roman gold and silver coins, and then take the trip back? This was during the 100 or so years before A.D. and several hundred years after. Here's one sample of a Roman coin found in a south Indian archeological site, defaced to reduce its value in competition with the value of local coins. 
Roman gold coin

Tabla M Abhyankar and vocalist N. Bajekal in Old Cabell Hall
     2) The second event, on Friday afternoon, a colloquium or workshop, led and performed by Hindustani classical vocalist Nirmal Bajekal accompanied on the tabla by Mayuresh Abhyankar. After demonstration singing, Ms. Bajekal led us all to sing some basic ragas - what a new, first-time great experience.  Mr. Abhyankar also talked and demonstrated various beats and rhythm patterns on the tabla.  


     I wish that I had been able to hear Ms. Bajekal’s Indian vocal ensemble Swaraprabha that evening in Cabell Hall. Click on http://music.virginia.edu/Nirmal-Bajekal
         At least I greatly enjoyed and learned from two of the 'global studies" events at the University of Virginia last week.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Now Read This - 2018 New Year’s Library Resources News

New for the New Year! You may be interested in some of the titles of the new recent issue of Biblio (Oct-Dec 2017).  Some of its reviews are online (red below); the other reviews are available in the print edition on Alderman’s 2nd Floor, the Asian Room periodicals. Call number Z 1035 .A1 B43; Check it out.
     Do you know about the importance of the ‘attendant lords’ in the Mughal courts (Bairam Khan and Abdur Rahim) or the poetry of Bahadur Shah? There are reviews of several titles on partition and the India-Pakistan relationship, as well as an examination of the impact of demonitisation, corruption, and India’s changing economy.  Sister Nivedita? Also 3,000 years of India dissents. Finally a selection of the “top 10” (actually 16) of the best books of 2017, with the usual and the unusual picks by Biblio reviewers.
     See the list - Click on ‘Top 10 books for 2017 from India’
     The Telegraph has it’s own review of TCA Raghavan’s “The People Next Door” and also a review of Ila Pal’s book on Husain: portrait of an artist.
     There’s more, much more (daily connections) – such as the recent issues of Seminar and the Indian Economic and Social History Review including Jennifer Dubrow’s recent (Nov 2017) article “Serial fictions: Urdu print culture and the novel in colonial South Asia”


      Well, enjoy the new year of 2018 – keep reading, researching, writing – sometimes even check out the library resources.


[some of the most memorable books of 2017]

Here’s the list of the Biblio Table of contents:



Biblio: a review of books
VOL XXII NOS. 10-12  OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2017

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