We are proud to celebrate another remarkable alumni accomplishment. Dr. Elizabeth Thelen is a 2006 graduate of UW with an Honor’s Thesis (BA) in Hindi from the department of Asian Languages and Literature.
Dr. Thelen has recently published her book Urban Histories of Rajasthan: Religion, Politics and Society (1550-1800). This volume is the latest in the British Institute of Persian Studies’ series Studies in the History and Culture of the Persianate World. The text focuses primarily on Nagaur and Ajmer, and examines how religious and caste communities lived together and negotiated shared spaces, and the impact of changing political and economic situations on these communities. The book may be purchased through the publisher Gingko Library or distributor UCP University of Chicago Press; a 30% discount is available using discount code UHR30 on both sites.
In addition, this spring marks the official launch of the online primary source collection Dr Thelen co-edited during her time as a postdoctoral research associate in the History Department at the University of Exeter: lawforms.exeter.ac.uk. It features transcriptions and translations of 79 documents, accompanied by high-resolution images, in Persian, Hindi, Rajasthani, and Marathi. The collection also houses a number of teaching resources, such as introductory historical essays.
We are so proud of Elizabeth, way to go!