Central Asian Studies

Central Asian Studies continues a series of scholarly books on Central Asia and the Himalayas started in the early 1970s by a British publisher. The series comprises some re-issues of the previous books, as well as new titles.
NOTE: Limited availability of some of the older titles.

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Agile Hands and Creative Minds
A Bibliography of Textile traditions in South Asia
by Donald Clay Johnson
2000. 277 pp., 3,500 entries, author, geographic, museum, and subject indices, 21.5 x 15 cm. Hardbound.

ISBN-10: 974-8304-84-1 $39.50, in India 800 rupees
ISBN-13: 978-974-8304-84-7

This classed bibliography provides citations to all aspects of the hand-crafted textile traditions of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The initial sections provide access to reference bibliographies and textile glossaries, government publications (including accounts of textiles in census publications and gazetteers) and works issued by museums, galleries, collections and special exhibitions. Broad treatments of textiles, histories, accounts of the textiles of particular groups and of various communities, and religious textiles form the next segments of the work. The textile techniques section provides references to works made both by universal production methods as well as by specific types of crafts. The final sections deal with fibres and clothing. Geographic and personal name indices conclude the work. The author is the Curator of the Ames Library of South Asia at the University of Minnesota. He has published on numerous aspects of South Asian textiles.

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A Bibliography of Ladakh
by John Bray & Nawang Tsering Shakspo
1988, 156 pp., over 1,100 entries, 22 x 15 cm., hardbound.

ISBN-10: 974-8304-34-5 $29.00
ISBN-13: 978-974-8304-34-2

The former kingdom of Ladakh, in the Indian Himalaya, has attracted special interest among scholars and inspired hundreds of publications because it is one of the last regions in the world where traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture survives. This is the first bibliography to be published dealing solely with Ladakh, and includes material published in both Western and Asian languages. Entries are arranged in alphabetical order of author’s surname, with index by subject
Karakorum Himalaya
A Bibliography
by Nigel J.R.Allan
1994, 1998. 96 pp., 21.5 x 15 cm., hardbound.

ISBN-10: 974-8299-05-8 $29.00
ISBN-13: 978-974-8299-05-1

Invaluable research tool for scholars and laymen with interest in the remote and spectacular Karakorum Himalaya, a region nevertheless both fragile and at risk from the onslaught of civilization. 96 pp., over 950 entries, author and geographical location indices.