The prize panel met in November 2021 and agreed the following shortlist from an impressive and wide-ranging pool of submissions to the inaugural BASAS book prize, testament to the vibrancy of our fields of study. We considered the extent to which the book makes an original and/or challenging contribution to the study of South Asia, its contribution to knowledge in relevant disciplinary fields, the level of rigour and innovation within the research methods used, the richness of the book’s empirical data and the clarity of the book’s narrative and argument. The following five books, listed in alphabetical order, fit these criteria most closely; the final winner will be awarded at the 2022 conference:
Jyoti Gulati Balchandran: Narrative Pasts. The Making of a Muslim Community in Gujarat, c. 1400-1650. Oxford University Press, 2020.
Dwaipayan Banerjee: Enduring Cancer. Life, Death, and Diagnosis in Delhi. Duke University Press, 2020.
Usha Iyer: Dancing Women. Choreographing Corporeal Histories of Hindi Cinema. Oxford University Press, 2020.
Dipti Khera: The Place of Many Moods. Udaipur’s Painted Lands and India’s Eighteenth Century. Princeton University Press, 2020.
Maria Rashid: Dying to Serve. Militarism, Affect, and the Politics of Sacrifice in the Pakistan Army. Stanford University Press, 2020.