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The Shabbat Elevator and other Sabbath Subterfuges: An Unorthodox Essay on Circumventing Custom and Jewish Character

by Alan Dundes

This book focuses on the topic of 'circumventing custom' with special emphasis on the ingenious ways Orthodox (and other) Jews have devised to avoid breaking the extensive list of activities forbidden on the...


Persia and the Persian Question: Volume One

by George N. Curzon

This is the recording of a six month long journey to Persia as well as previous travels in neighbouring areas. The book also describes the communications maintained with the Persian authorities.


Ten Years of Wanderings Among the Ethiopians: With Sketches of the Manners and Customs of the Civilised and Uncivilised Tribes from Senegal to Gaboon.

by Thomas J. Hutchinson

An account, first published in 1861, of the relationship between indigenous and European traders in the Niger Delta.


Tsumi - Offence and Retribution in Early Japan

by Yoko Williams

Covering the period from before the emergence of the first political units through to the formation of the Japanese ritsuryo state in the 8th century, this book offers a ground-breaking scholarly diachronic...


The Kingdoms of Laos

by Sanda Simms

Describes the changes in society over 600 years as Lan Xang was gradually dismembered and became a French colony. Most importantly, it shows the essence of the Lao and why, despite all that has happened, they...


Rethinking Chinese Transnational Enterprises: Cultural Affinity and Business Strategies

by Leo Douw, Cen Huang & David Ip

Affinity to the Chinese culture, personalized social networks and a firm control of ownership and management have often been considered the key ingredients for the success of many diaspora Chinese transnational...


Tourism, Heritage and National Culture in Java: Dilemmas of a Local Community

by Heidi Dahles

Based on anthropological fieldwork in the 1990s, this book provides an ethnographic perspective in its examination of the politics and policies of cultural tourism as they were played out under the Indonesian...


Minaret Building and Apprenticeship in Yemen

by Trevor Marchand

Through a combination of rich architectural and ethnographic description, this study of apprenticeship and human spatial cognition provides a fascinating insight into the daily lives and activities of a professional...


Language Planning and Language Policy: East Asian Perspectives

by Ping Chen & Nanette Gottlieb

Examines the major issues of language planning and policy in Japan, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Vietnam, particularly those relating to the selection of official language, script, and written...


The Theology of Ramanuja: Realism and Religion

by C. J. Bartley

This is the first attempt to understand Ramanuja in the context of his religious and philosophical tradition. It is the only work which establishes his indebtedness to his immediate predecessor Yamuna and which...


English-Lakota Dictionary

by Bruce Ingham

This dictionary of 12,000 entries aims to preserve Indian culture and at all points illustrate the use of words in examples, especially syntactic words, whose usage cannot be captured purely by giving an English...


Language Change in East Asia

by T. E. McAuley

This book adopts a wide focus on the range of East Asian languages, in both their pre-modern and modern forms, within the specific topic area of language change. It contains sections on dialect studies, contact...


Corrections: A Critical Approach

by Michael Welch

Corrections: A Critical Approach, 3rd edition confronts mass imprisonment in the United States, a nation boasting the highest incarceration rate in the world. This statistic is all the more troubling considering...


The History of Women's Mosques in Chinese Islam

by Maria Jaschok & Shui Jingjun Shui

This is a study of Chinese Hui Muslim women's historic and unrelenting spiritual, educational, political and gendered drive for an institutional presence in Islamic worship and leadership: 'a mosque of one's...


The Comparative Study of Traditional Asian Literatures: From Reflective Traditionalism to Neo-Traditionalism

by Vladimir Braginsky

This book represents the first ever published introduction to the comparative study of traditional Asian literatures, embracing three vast literary zones: Arab-Islamic, Indo-South East Asian and Sino-Far Eastern....


Mongolian Nomadic Society: A Reconstruction of the 'Medieval' History of Mongolia

by Bat-Ochir Bold

Until the collapse of the socialist system in Mongolia in 1990, Mongolian social sciences was fundamentally schematised in accordance with the prevailing political ideology of socialism, considering the country's...


Tourism and Local Development in China: Case Studies of Guilin, Suzhou and Beidaihe

by Gang Xu

The boom in tourism to and within China is quite a recent phenomenon. China is now among the leading international tourist destinations, and demand for domestic tourism is rapidly increasing. This study examines...


The Taking of Hong Kong: Charles and Clara Elliot in China Waters

by Derek Roebuck & Susanna Hoe

Relations between Britain and China have, for over 150 years, been inextricably bound up with the taking of Hong Kong Island on 26 January 1841. The man responsible, Britain's plenipotentiary Captain Charles...


Religious Violence in Contemporary Japan: The Case of Aum Shinrikyo

by Ian Reader

The Tokyo subway attack in March 1995 was just one of a series of criminal activities including murder, kidnapping, extortion, and the illegal manufacture of arms and drugs carried out by the Japanese new religious...


The Vietnamese Family in Change: The Case of the Red River Delta

by Pham Van Bich

Like most societies Vietnam has seen marked changes in family structures and dynamics this century. For Vietnam however these changes have been especially radical. After decades of French acculturation the 1940s...