William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is a Codirector of the Jaipur Literature Festival and a cohost of the podcast Empire. He is the author of The Company Quartet, a four-volume history of the East India Company whose titles include The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 and, most recently, The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company. (September 2023)


Vibrant, Cacophonous Buddhism

Vibrant, Cacophonous Buddhism

A groundbreaking show at the Metropolitan Museum displays, among other treasures from India, works of Buddhist art that bear the mark of ancient animist cults that long preceded the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama.

Tree and Serpent: Early Buddhist Art in India, 200 BCE–400 CE

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, July 21–November 13, 2023; and the National Museum of Korea, Seoul, December 22, 2023–April 14, 2024

September 21, 2023 issue

Garum Masala

Garum Masala

Dramatic archaeological discoveries—including a marble Buddha in Egypt and jars of Mediterranean garum (fish sauce) and olive oil in India—have led scholars to radically reassess the size and importance of the trade between ancient Rome and India.

The Indian Ocean Trade in Antiquity: Political, Cultural and Economic Impacts

edited by Matthew Adam Cobb

Globalization and Transculturality from Antiquity to the Pre-Modern World

edited by Serena Autiero and Matthew Adam Cobb

Rome and the Indian Ocean Trade from Augustus to the Early Third Century CE

by Matthew Adam Cobb

April 20, 2023 issue

Missionaries, Merlins, and Merchants

Missionaries, Merlins, and Merchants

Recent scholarship illuminates how medieval Southeast Asia transformed Indian cultural and religious ideas brought to the region by monks and traders.

Coastal Shrines and Transnational Maritime Networks Across India and Southeast Asia

by Himanshu Prabha Ray

Esoteric Buddhism in Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks of Masters, Texts, Icons

edited by Andrea Acri

The Creative South: Buddhist and Hindu Art in Mediaeval Maritime Asia, Volume 1

edited by Andrea Acri and Peter Sharrock

December 22, 2022 issue

Painting the Cosmic Ocean

Painting the Cosmic Ocean

“Mountain fortresses suddenly blossomed with artists, many of whom had been trained in the now-defunct Mughal ateliers, each family of painters competing with and inspiring one another in a manner comparable to the rival city-states of Renaissance Italy.”

Manaku of Guler: The Life and Work of Another Great Indian Painter from a Small Hill State

by B.N. Goswamy

Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India

an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 4–August 19, 2018; the Seattle Art Museum, October 18, 2018–January 21, 2019; and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, March 9–September 2, 2019

June 6, 2019 issue

Under the Spell of Yoga

Under the Spell of Yoga

Yoga: The Art of Transformation

an exhibition at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, D.C., October 19, 2013–January 26, 2014; the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, February 22–May 18, 2014; and the Cleveland Museum of Art, June 22–September 7, 2014

The Khecarīvidyā of Ādinātha: A Critical Edition and Annotated Translation of an Early Text of Haṭhayoga

by James Mallinson

Sinister Yogis

by David Gordon White

Warrior Ascetics and Indian Empires

by William R. Pinch

March 6, 2014 issue

Visions of Indian Art

Visions of Indian Art

Wonder of the Age: Master Painters of India, 1100–1900

by John Guy and Jorrit Britschgi

Masters of Indian Painting, 1100–1900

edited by Milo C. Beach, Eberhard Fischer, and B.N. Goswamy

June 6, 2013 issue

India: The Place of Sex

Chola: Sacred Bronzes of Southern India

catalog of the 2007 exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, edited by Vidya Dehejia

The Book of Love: The Story of the Kamasutra

by James McConnachie

Kamasutra: A New, Complete English Translation of the Sanskrit Text

by Wendy Doniger and Sudhir Kakar

Kiss of the Yogini: "Tantric Sex" in Its South Asian Contexts

by David Gordon White

June 26, 2008 issue

The Most Magnificent Muslims

Goa and the Great Mughal

edited by Jorge Flores and Nuno Vassallo e Silva

Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World

by Ruby Lal

The Complete Taj Mahal and the Riverfront Gardens of Agra

by Ebba Koch, with drawings byRichard André Barraud

November 22, 2007 issue

The Venetian Treasure Hunt

Venice and the Islamic World,828–1797

Catalog of the exhibition edited by Stefano Carboni

July 19, 2007 issue

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