COMING SUMMER 2018: The Society of South Asian Religious History

Under the aegis of the Institute of South Asian Religious History (ISARH), the Society of South Asian Religious History (SSARH) is a scholarly association devoted to increasing understanding of Hinduism and its variants, Buddhism, South Asian Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, and other South Asian religious traditions as historical agents (with special emphasis on religion-and-politics) in South Asia, the Indian Ocean rim, and the wider world.

In accordance with this goal, the Society oversees several projects, including:

- the organization of the annual ISARH Symposium, commencing in April 2015

- the funding of two fellowships to benefit South Asian scholarship, beginning Spring 2017 and continuing thereafter every two years

- the building up of a free online digital collection of public domain works

- the maintenance of the Library of South Asian Religious History, to be opened in Fall 2018 as the largest repository of Indian-language materials directly related to South Asian religious history in the western hemisphere

- the annual presentation of awards for South Asian religious history scholarship and media production

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Benefits of society membership include:

- free, automatic subscription to both the print and online editions of the Journal of South Asian Religious History

- 50% off registration to the annual ISARH Symposium

- free and complete access to our online searchable database of both JSARH articles and our digitized collections

- 25% off your stay at the Library of South Asian Religious History's academic retreat, which includes housing, use of research facilities, and three meals a day

- the opportunity to network with other scholars in the field of subcontinental religious history through our online forums

The ISARH Symposium 2015: A Conference on South Asian Religious History, hosted by the History Department at Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 3 April 2015, saw papers on the controversial 1947 referendum in "Pashtunistan," Shi'i education in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and commentary on the Mahabharata.

In addition to the Journal of South Asian Religious History and ISARH's annual symposium, the Institute will initiate several other projects in accordance with its overarching goal of increasing understanding of the subcontinent's religious history. The largest of these projects, the Library of South Asian Religious History seeks to establish the largest collection of Indian-language material directly related to South Asian religious history in the Western Hemisphere, with an emphasis on books in Urdu, Hindi, Nepali, Tibetan, Persian, Pashto, Sindhi, Baluchi, Kashmiri, and Punjabi. Our books will mostly come from town and village publishers scattered across Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Nepal–thus making material available that would otherwise be virtually inaccessible to Western scholars unable to personally traverse the vast subcontinent. Scholars of all levels will be welcome to use our facilities, located conveniently in an academic retreat environment in the mountains of Utah. Comfortable on-site housing will allow researchers to stay as long as the research/writing requires. The library and academic retreat are scheduled for completion around August 2019.

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