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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Blog posts

The ‘Kashmir of Europe’ and other exoticisms: Indian soldiers’ tales of travel in the Second World War

Thursday, February 23, 2017

“Sicily is a very fertile country. It is the Kashmir of Europe.” - Letter in Malayalam by an Indian sepoy, August 1943, Central Mediterranean Forces. Through letters exchanged between the home front and international battlefronts, Indian soldiers in the Second...

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...

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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