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

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Asian and African Studies Reading Room

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On the road: some user guides to libraries and archives

30 July 2015

Over the last couple of years I have been tweeting the many notifications that I have received on users' experiences of archives and libraries. Even if an institution has its own website, readers' impressions can be very helpful. Twitter, however,...

Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma

24 June 2015

Unknown Photographer, Portrait of Major-General Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902), Madras Army, (?)1880s, British Library, Photo 612(1). Once heard, the exotically-named Linnaeus Tripe is difficult to forget. Yet even in his own lifetime and certainly in the century and more since his...

Tipu Sultan’s dream book (IO Islamic 3563)

11 June 2015

One of the most intriguing items in the British Library Persian manuscripts collection is a small unexceptional looking volume which contains a personal record, written in his own hand, of 37 dreams of Tipu Sultan, Sultan of Mysore (r. 1782-1799)....

British Library loans to Sultans of Deccan exhibition in New York

05 June 2015

A superlative exhibition Sultans of Deccan India opened at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in April with an important accompanying catalogue (Haidar and Sardar 2015). The arts of the Deccan (upland peninsular India) are among the rarest survivals from...

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Centre of South Asian Studies

University of Cambridge

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The National Archives

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

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The Lives of the Mughal Emperors (paperback)

The Lives of the Mughal Emperors (paperback)

This beautifully illustrated book tells the remarkable story of the 300-year Mughal dynasty in India.

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The Goddess and the Thief (paperback)

The Goddess and the Thief (paperback)

Uprooted from her home in India, Alice is raised by her aunt, a spiritualist medium in Windsor.

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The Book of the British Library

The Book of the British Library

As well as holding some of the world's most prized cultural treasures, the British Library is the repository of the nation's collective memory.

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