Monsoon: South Asian Studies Association Journal publishes peer-reviewed selected proceedings of the annual SASA conference and periodic special topics issues. The South Asian Studies Association highlights scholarly research related to South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, and Maldives) through the prism of multiple disciplines including history, political science, economics, communication and media studies, philosophy and religion, the arts, and archaeology.

Welcome to the first issue of Monsoon: South Asian Studies Association Journal. This open access peer reviewed journal seeks to reflect the multi-disciplinary work of the South Asian Studies Association (SASA). SASA, established in 2007, is a non profit educational association that supports academic studies and public awareness related to South Asia. You can read the mission statement here: https://sasaonline.net/mission/

This inaugural issue includes five articles reflecting diverse methodologies. Professor Nalini Rao of Soka University opens the issue with an analysis of how the Ganga River defines both the geography and the cultural life of India. Professor Deepak Shimkhada of Chaffey College writes about the functionality of the Tushā Hiti stepwell in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal as a resource for water, coolness, and contemplation. Professors Igor Sitnikov of Ryasan College of Fine Arts and David Blundell, University of California, Los Angeles, share research on early historical trade routes and religious networks, both maritime and overland, that connect South Asia with lands far to the east and west. Professor Debashish Banerji of the California Institute for Integral Studies shows how Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) integrated the nondualism of the Upanishads into processes of practical engagement within daily life. Finally, Professor Christopher Key Chapple of Loyola Marymount University relates how the multiplicity of perspectives on environmental and identity issues in India today reflects earlier calls for inclusivity in Haribhadra’s Yogabindu, a 6th century Jain Sanskrit text.

Current Issue: Volume 1, Issue 1 (2022)