We have rich resources for the study of South Asia past and present. South Asia is taken to include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Asian and African Studies Reading Room

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Blog posts

Romancing the Tome: Love in Illustrated Persian Manuscripts

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

For anyone inspired by celebrations of St Valentine’s day, Persian literature has much to offer. Whether it be platonic adoration, romantic affection, or star-crossed disappointment, Persian poetry in particular has something to say about it. With a written tradition stretching...

Some British ‘Islamic’ style seals in Persian manuscripts from India

Friday, February 10, 2017

The history of manuscript movements, usage and ownership in the Islamicate world is a comparatively underdeveloped subject. Happily, however, paratextual studies especially of seals and ownership inscriptions are now becoming increasingly important in research on the early-modern period. In an...

New collections online - February 2017

Thursday, February 9, 2017

This month we have three new collections added to the EAP website: Buddhist manuscripts from Laos, and Tamil and Burmese studio photography. EAP737/4/4/31 - Studio Portrait Photo Prints [1955-1978] EAP737: Representing Self and Family. Preserving early Tamil studio photography Photography...

Not So Strange – the East India Company Chairman in 1814

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Sir Stuart Strange is the Chairman of the East India Company in the TV drama Taboo which is set in the year 1814. He is an unsympathetic character, calculating and ruthless, prone to ranting, swearing, and grabbing fellow Company men...

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Centre of South Asian Studies

University of Cambridge

Find my past

Records of baptisms, marriages, burials, wills, pensions, military and civil career information

The National Archives

Records relating to the East India Company, and the Family Records Centre