William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple is Codirector of the Jaipur Literature Festival and the author of The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857. His new book, The Anarchy: The Relentless Rise of the East India Company 1739–1803, will be published in September. (June 2019)


Varaha, the boar avatar of Vishnu, surrounded by illusions created by the demon Hiranyaksha; painting by Manaku from the Bhagavata Purana, circa 1740–1745

Painting the Cosmic Ocean

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

Detail of ‘The Feast of the Yogis,’ from the Hindi Sufi romance Mrigavati, Allahabad, 1603–1604

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

Nainsukh of Guler: Balwant Singh’s Elephant Clawed by a Lion, 1752

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

The Case for India

The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity

by Amartya Sen

February 23, 2006 issue

Inside the Madrasas

Islamic Education and Conflict: Understanding the Madrassahs of Pakistan

by Saleem H. Ali

Globalized Islam: The Search for a New Ummah

by Olivier Roy

The War for Muslim Minds: Islam and the West

by Gilles Kepel, translated from the French by Pascale Ghazaleh

Understanding Terror Networks

by Marc Sageman

Landscapes of the Jihad: Militancy, Morality and Modernity

by Faisal Devji

Bastions of the Believers: Madrasas and Islamic Education in India

by Yoginder Sikand

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December 1, 2005 issue

India: The War Over History

Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India

by James W. Laine

Ganesha: Lord of Obstacles, Lord of Beginnings

by Paul Courtright

Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300

by Romila Thapar

Beyond Nationalist Frames: Postmodernism, Hindu Fundamentalism, History

by Sumit Sarkar

A History of India, Volume 2

by Percival Spear

Beyond Turk and Hindu: Rethinking Religious Identities in Islamicate South Asia

edited by David Gilmartin and Bruce B. Lawrence

The Myth of the Holy Cow

by Dwijendra Narayan Jha

History in the New NCERT Textbooks: A Report and Index of Errors

by Irfan Habib, Suvira Jaiswal, and Aditya Mukherjee

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April 7, 2005 issue

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