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South Asia Research

South Asia Research

Werner Menski South Asia Institute, SOAS, London, UK

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South Asia Studies

eISSN: 17413141 | ISSN: 02627280 | Current volume: 38 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

South Asia Research is an international, multidisciplinary forum which covers the history, politics, law, economics, sociology, visual culture, languages and literature of the countries in South Asia. It includes works of theory, review and synthesis as well as detailed empirical studies by both research students and established scholars around the world.

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South Asia Research is a peer-reviewed international, multidisciplinary forum which covers the history, politics, law, economics, sociology, visual culture, languages and literature of the countries in South Asia. It includes works of theory, review and synthesis as well as detailed empirical studies by both research students and established scholars from around the world.

Assistant Editors
Anwesha Arya Film and South Asian Studies, Rye, East Sussex, UK
David Lunn South Asian Studies, SOAS, UK
Sonia Khan Bangladesh Studies and Law, London and Dhaka, UK
Vineeth Mathoor History, Changanacherry, Kerala, India
Amit Ranjan International Relations/Pakistan Studies, NUS, Singapore
Saidalavi P C Anthropology, ANU, Canberra, Australia
Anirudh Tagat Economics, IITB Monash Research Academy, IIT Mumbai, India
Farooq Yousaf Afghanistan-Pakistan Affairs, University of Newcastle, Australia
Editorial Committee
Santhosh Abraham Humanities/Social Sciences, IIT Madras, Chennai, India
Raziuddin Aquil History, University of Delhi, India
Zoe Headley Anthropology, IFP-CEIAS, Paris, France
Eswarappa Kasi Tribal Studies, IGNTU, Amarkantak, MP, India
Prashant Kidambi History, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Alessandra Mezzadri Development Studies, SOAS, London, UK
Muhammad A Z Mughal Social Anthropology, KFUPM, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
Shobna Nijhawan Languages and Literatures, York University, Toronto, Canada
Ashok Pankaj Development Studies, Council for Social Development, New Delhi, India
Rahul Rao Political Sciences, SOAS, London, UK
Susmita Roye English/Foreign Languages, Delaware State University, Dover, USA
Gopika Solanki Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne Law, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia
International Advisory Board
Domenico Amirante Political Science, University of Naples II, Naples, Italy
Padma Anagol History, Cardiff University, UK
Toshie Awaya History, TUFS, Tokyo, Japan
Faisal Devji History, St Antony’s, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Rachel Dwyer South Asian Studies, SOAS, London, UK
Domenico Francavilla Law/Philosophy, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
Ridwanul Hoque Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Michael Hutt South Asia Institute, SOAS, London, UK
Binod Khadria School of Social Sciences, JNU, Delhi, India
David Ludden History, NYU, New York, USA
Matthew McCartney Area Studies, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
D Parthasarathy Sociology, IIT Mumbai, Mumbai, India
Tanika Sarkar School of Social Sciences, JNU, Delhi, India
Sanjay Subrahmanyam History, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Gauri Viswanathan Comparative Literature, University of Columbia, New York, USA
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  • Notes for Authors

    Submission of mss: Contributions are invited for South Asia Research. Articles should be between 5000–7000 words. An electronic version as a Microsoft Word Document is preferred. Alternatively, four paper copies of the manuscript should be submitted. The manuscript should be typed in double-spacing on both side of A4 paper and must include an abstract of 100–150 words on a separate sheet. The submitting author should nominate two members of the editorial board to shepherd their review process.

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    Submit contributions to: Dr Werner Menski, Professor of South Asian Laws, School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), Thornhaugh Street, London, WC1H 0XG, UK Tel: +44 (0) 20 7898 4674 Fax: +44 (0) 20 7898 4559 E-mail: Web:

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