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

Asian and African Studies Reading Room

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Blog posts

Book Now! Nottingham @BL_Labs Roadshow event - Wed 3 Feb (12.30pm-4pm)

28 January 2016

Do you live in or near Nottingham and are available on Wednesday 3 Feb between 1230 - 1600? Come along to the FREE UK @BL_Labs Roadshow event at GameCity and The National Video Game Arcade, Nottingham (we have some places...

Come to our first @BL_Labs Roadshow event at #citylis London Mon 1 Feb (5pm-7.30pm)

27 January 2016

Labs Roadshow at #citylis London, Mon 1 Feb (5pm-7.30pm) Live in or near North-East London and are available on Monday 1 Feb between 1700 - 1930? Come along to the first FREE UK Labs Roadshow event of 2016 (we have...

BL Labs Competition and Awards for 2016

22 January 2016

Today the Labs team is launching the fourth annual Competition and Awards for 2016. Please help us spread the word by tweeting, re-blogging and telling anyone who might be interested about it! British Library Labs Competition 2016 The annual Competition...

Opportunity to discover Untold Lives in India Office Private Papers!

21 January 2016

The British Library has recently advertised a series of PhD placements across its departments. One of these placements provides a PhD student with the opportunity to explore the rich and diverse India Office Private Papers Foundation Collections. The Foundation Collections...

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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

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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.

£10

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.

£7.99

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.

£25