Book and Film Reviews

If you are interested in reviewing one of the books listed below (thereby receiving a free copy of the book), please contact Mason Brown, HIMALAYA Reviews Editor, via email at [email protected]. Please include your name, position, and a brief description of your qualification and interest in the book requested.

Please also feel free to get in touch with additional titles that you would like to review or would recommend for review in HIMALAYA, or to express your interest in being a reviewer in the future.

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Click here to read our first Extended Book Review by Brenton Sullivan on Michael Lempert’s Discipline and Debate: The Language of Violence in a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.

Please direct correspondence related to reviews to:

Dr. Mason Brown
Center for Asian Studies
University of Colorado Boulder
1424 Broadway
Boulder, Colorado 80302
United States of America

email: [email protected]


Books for Review

Abbasi, Reema. 2014. Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience. Niyogi Books.

Adhikari, Indra. 2015. Military and Democracy in Nepal. Routledge India.

Adhikari, Jagannath. 2014. Under the Shadow of the Red Flag: Travels During Nepal’s Armed Conflict.Martin Chautari.

Adhikari, Prawin. 2014. The Vanishing Act: Stories. Rupa Publications.

Allinger, Eva, et al. 2017. Interaction in the Himalayas and Central Asia: Prcesses of Transfer, Tranlsation and Transformation in Art, Archaeology, Religion, and Polity. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Altmann, Karin.  2016. Fabric of Life – Textile Arts in Bhutan: Culture, Tradition and Transformation. De Gruyter.

Amjad, Rashid and Shahid Javed Burki, eds. 2015. Pakistan: Moving the Economy. Cambridge University Press.

Arora, Vibha and N Jayaram. 2017. Democratisation in the Himalayas: Interests, Conflicts, and Negotiations. Routledge India.

Bauer, Andrew and Mona Bhan. 2018. Climate without Nature: A Critical Anthropology of the Anthropocene. Cambridge University Press.

Beger, Fritz. 2014.In the Shadhows of Gaurishanker Dolakha: 1973 to 2011. Himal Books.

Bessenger, Suzanne. 2016. Echoes of Enlightenment: The Life and Legacy of the Tibetan Saint Sonam Peldren. Oxford University Press.

Bogin, Benjamin and Andrew Quintman, eds. 2014. Himalayan Passages: Tibetan and Newar Studies in Honor of Hubert Decleer.Wisdom Publications.

Brosius, Christiane and Sanjeev Maharjan. 2017.Breaking Views: Engaging Art in Post-Earthquake Nepal. Himal Books.

Burghart, Richard. 2016. The History of Janakpurdham: a study of asceticism and the Hindu polity. Himal Books.

Caviglia, Lisa. 2017. Sex Work in Nepal: The Making and Unmaking of a Category. Routledge India.

Crew, Robert. 2015. Afghan Modern: The History of a Global Nation. Harvard University Press.

Czaja Olaf. 2014. Medieval Rule in Tibet: The Rlangs Clan and the Political and

Religious History of the Ruling House of Phag mo gru pa. With a Study of the Monastic Art of Gdan sa mthil. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Czaja, Olaf and Gundtram Hazod. 2016. The Illuminating Mirror: Tibetan Studies in Honour of Per K. Sorensen on the Occasion of his 65thBirthday. Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag.

Dalton, Jacob P. 2016. The Gathering of Intentions: A History of Tibetan Tantra. Columbia University Press.

Haley Duschiski, Mona Bhan, Ather Zia, and Cynthia Mahmood (eds). 2018. Resisting Occupation in Kashmir. University of Pennsylvania Press.

Elmore, Mark. 2016. Becoming Religious in a Secular Age. University of California.

Fisher, James. 2017. Trans-Himalayan Traders Transformed. Orchid Press.

Francois, Damien. 2014. The Holy Mountains of Nepal.Vajra Books.

Gellner, David, ed. Borderlands Lives is Northern South Asia. Duke University Press.

Gibson, Ian. 2017. Suffering and Hope: Christianity and Ethics among the Newars of Bhaktapur. Ekta Books, Nepal.

Govindrajan, Radhika. 2018. Animal Intimacies: Interspecies Relatedness in India’s Central Himalayas. University of Chicago Press.

Gruschke, Andreas and Ingo Breuer. 2017. Tibetan Pastoralists and Development: Negotiating the Future of Grassland Livelihoods. Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag.

Gupto, A. 2016. Goddesses of Kathmandu Valley: Grace, Rage, Knowledge. New York, NY: Routledge.

Harman, Nicky. 2014. Lost World of Ladakh: Early Photographic Journeys in Indian Himalaya. Asian Highlands Perspectives.

Harrison, Paul and Jens-Uwe Hartmann. 2014. From Birch Bark to Digital Data: Recent Advances in Buddhist Manuscript Research. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Hingorani, Aman M. 2017. Unravelling the Kashmir Knot. Sage Publications.

Hillman, Ben and Gray Tuttle, eds. 2016. Ethnic Conflict and Protest in Tibet andXinjiang. Columbia University Press.

Hofer, Theresia. 2018. Medicine and Memory in Tibet: Amchi Physicians in an Age of Reform. University of Washington Press.

Hoffman, Michael. 2018. The Partial Revolution: Labour, Social Movements and the Invisible Hand of Mao in Western Nepal. New York: Berghahn Books.

Hutt, Michael and Pratyoush Onta, ed. 2017. Political Change and Public Culture in Post-1990 Nepal. New Delhi: Cambridge University Press.

Iuchi, Maho, ed. 2017. An Early Text on the History of Rwa sgreng Monastery. Harvard Oriental Series. Harvard University Press.

Jacoby, Sarah. 2014. Love and Liberation: Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro. Columbia University Press.

Jackson, David. 2016. A Revolutionary Artist of Tibet: Khyentse Chenmo of Gongkar. University of Washington Press.

Jahoda, Christian. 2015. Socio-economoic Organization in A Border Area of Tibetan Culture: Tabo, Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Jahoda, Christian, Tsering Gyalbo, Christiane Kalandtari and Patrick Sutherland. 2016. Khorchag: An Overview of Its History and Culture. Austrian Academy of Sciences Press.

Jain, Pankaj. 2017. Science and Socio-Religious Revolution in India Moving the Mountains. Routledge.

Jha, Prashant. 2014. Battles of the new republic: A contemporary history of Nepal. Oxford University Press.

Kaul, Suvir. 2017. Of Gardens and Graves: Kashmir, Poetry, Politics. Duke University Press.

Khan, Sulmaan Wasif. 2015. Muslim, Trader, Nomad, Spy: China’s Cold War and the

People of the Tibetan Borderlands.The New Cold War History Series. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Kolkman, René and Stuart Blackburn. 2014. Tribal Architecture in Northeast India. Brill.

Kumagai, Seiji. 2015. Bhutanese Buddhism and Its Culture. Vajra Books.

Leve, Lauren. 2016. The Buddhist Art of Living in Nepal: Ethical Practice and Religious Reform. Routledge.

Li, Jianglin. 2016. Tibet in Agony: Lhasa 1959. Translated by Susan Wilf. Harvard University Press.

Liechty, Mark. 2017. Far Out: Countercultural Seekers and the Tourist Encounter in Nepal. University of Chicago Press.

Lopez, Donald and Thupten Jinpa. 2017. Dispelling the Darkness: A Jesuit’s Quest for the Soul of Tibet. Harvard University Press.

Mazzolini, Elizabeth. 2016. The Everest Effect: Nature, Culture, Ideology. University of Alabama Press.

Narayan, Kirin. 2017. Everyday Creativity: Singing Goddesses in the Himalayan Foothills. University of Chicago Press.

Nulo, Naktsang. Translated by Angus Cargill and Sonam Lhamo. 2015. My Tibetan Childhood: When Ice Shattered Stone. Duke University Press.

Onta, Pratyoush. 2014. The State of History Education and Research in Nepal. Kathmandu: Martin Chautari.

Pandit, Maharaj. 2017. Life in the Himalaya: An Ecosystem at Risk. Harvard University Press.

Panigrahi, Devendra Nath. 2016. The Himalayas and India-China Relations. Routledge India.

Qazi, Farhana. 2016. Secrets of the Kashmir Valley: My Journey Through the Conflict Between India and Pakistan. Pharod.

Quintman, Andrew. 2014. The Yogin & the Madman: Reading the Biographical Corpus of Tibet’s Great Saint Milarepa. Columbia University Press.

Rai, Sanjeev. 2018. Conflict, Education and People’s War in Nepal. Routledge India.

Raj, Yogesh and Pratyoush Onta. 2014. The State of History Education and Research in Nepal. Chautari Book Series 80.

Saikia, Arupjyoti. 2014. A Century of Protests: Peasant Politics in Assam since 1900. New Delhi: Routledge.

Saxer, Martin. Manufacturing Tibetan Medicine: The Creation of an Industry and the Moral Economy of Tibetanness. 2013. Berghahn Books.

Jürgen Schaflechner. 2018. Hinglaj Devi: Identity, Change, and Solidification at a Hindu Temple in Pakistan. Oxford University Press.

Schaeffer, Kurtis R, Matthew Kapstein, and Gray Tuttle. 2013. Sources of Tibetan Tradition. New York: Columbia University Press.

Schiller, Sophie. 2015. Race to Tibet. Tradewinds Publishing.

Schwieger, Peter. 2015. The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China: A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation. Columbia University  Press.

Sen, Debarati. 2017. Everyday Sustainability: Gender Justice and Fair Trade Tea in Darjeeling. SUNY Press.

Shah, Saubhagya. 2018.A Project of Memoreality: Transnational Development and Local Activism. Social Science Baha.

Shakya, Mallika. 2018. Death of an Industry, The Cultural Politics of Garment Manufacturing During the Maoist Revolution in Nepal. Cambridge U Press.

Sharma, Pitamber. 2014. Some Aspects of Nepal’s Social Demography: Census 2011 Update. Kathmandu: Social Science Baha.

Shneiderman, Sara. 2015. Rituals of Ethnicity: Thangmi Identities between Nepal and India. Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Shrestha, Durga Lal. Translated by David Hargreaves. 2014. The Blossoms of Sixty-four Sunsets.

Subba, T. B. & A. C. Sinha (eds.). 2015. Nepali Diaspora in a Globalised Era.Routledge.

Subedi, Madhusudan. 2018. State, Society, and Health in Nepal. Routledge India.

Svalheim, Peter. 2015. Power for Nepal: Odd Hoftun and the History of Hydropower Development. Chautari Book Series.

Tan, Gillian. 2016. In the Circle of White Stones: Moving through Seasons with Nomads of Eastern Tibet. University of Washington Press.

Taylor, Daniel C. 2017. Yeti: An Ecology of A Mystery. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Thondup, Gyalo and Anne F. Thurston. 2015. The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong. PenguinRandom House.

Toffin, Gerard and Joanna Pfaff-Czarnecka, eds. 2014. Facing Gloablization in the Himalayas: Belonging and the Politics of the Self.Sage.

Van Schaik, Sam. 2014. The Spirit of Tibetan Buddhism. Yale University Press.

Varma, Chandra. 2014. Golden Faces of Dipankara Buddha Samyak Mahadana Festival of Nepal Excellence in Newari Arts & Crafts. Nepal: Rita Shakya.

Wasti, Sharada Prasad and Padam Simkhada & Edwin van Teijlingen, eds. 2015. The Dynamics of Health in Nepal. Kathmandu: Social Science Baha.

Woeser, Tsering and Wang Lixiong, eds. 2014. Voices From Tibet: Selected Essays and Reportage. University of Hawaii Press.

Zutshi, Chitralekha. 2014. Kashmir’s Contested Pasts: Narratives, Sacred Geographies, and the Historical Imagination. Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Zutshi, Chitralekha. 2017. Kashmir: History, Politics, Representation. Cambridge University Press.


Films for Review

“Pad Yatra: A Green Odyssey.” 2014. (Climate change & pilgrimage)

“Castaway Man.” 2015. (About Dor Bahadur Bista)

“The Legend of Shankhadahar.” 2016. (History of Nepal Samvat)

“Drawing the Tiger.” 2017. (Rural Nepal)


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