Truly South Asian

South Asia MapIn the field of South Asian legal studies, “South Asia” is a euphemism. It usually means India.

But there’s a growing trend among scholars to create a trans-regional conversation that brings Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives and even Myanmar (Burma) and Tibet into the conversation.

One of my favorite examples is this edited volume:

Bringing together South, Southeast, and Inner Asia, there is this fabulous new volume on Buddhist legal studies:

Embracing Asia from South to East, there is this:

And spanning the former British imperial world (with lots across South Asia), there are these books:

I’m writing about this and other trends in the scholarship on South Asian legal studies in my survey of South Asian legal history for the Annual Review of Law and Social Science, due out in late 2015.