Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The home page of South Asian Studies: A Research Journal of South Asian Studies, states:
South Asian Studies is being published bi-annually by the Centre for South Asian Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore, since 1984. It seeks to inform the readers about the core issues of South Asian region in particular, ranging from economy, politics and culture to security and conflict matters. This journal contains 17 research articles on different contemporary issues pertaining to South Asia and world at large. Which will hopefully enlighten the readers. The panel for peer reviewers keeps on changing according to the subject of the articles submitted. Scholars are invited to contribute on any topic related to South Asia and world at large. South Asian Studies can be visited online at the website of University of the Punjab, Lahore.
An examination of the most current issue (Vol. 28, No. 1, January [sic]-June 2013) showed that most articles are written by faculty and students at the University of the Punjab in Lahore (although for the first article in this issue I got a “not found” error and could not view it). Articles range over a wide variety of subjects. Recent articles include: “The Mumbai Terror ‘2008’ and its Impact on the Indo-Pak Relations,” “Hindu Nationalism and the Political Role of Hindu Women: Ideology as a Factor,” “The Emergence/Extention [sic] of Due Diligence Standard to Assess the State Response towards Violence against Women/Domestic Violence,” “Master in Education Student Attitudes towards Research: A Comparison between two Public Sector Universities in Punjab,” “Perceptions about Cultural Globalization in Urban Pakistan,” “Manifestation of Mobile Phone Assisted Personal Agency among University Students: Evidence from Lahore,” “Can Pakistan be a Secular State?,” “The Recognition of Violence against Women as a Violation of Human Rights in the United Nations System,” “Politics of Federalism in Pakistan: Problems and Prospects,” “Crucial Water Issues between Pakistan and India, CBMs, and the Role of Media,” and “Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal: The Gainer and the Loser.”
Each issue contains 10-18 articles and may also include one or two book reviews, and the contents of issues back to 1984 are available online, some as PDFs and some as scans (curiously, however, Volume 27, number 1 was not available at the time of this review). The journal is indexed in Ulrich’s, the Bibliography of Asian Studies, and a number of ProQuest, Gale, and EBSCOhost databases.
Although the quality of the language, grammar, and research varies here, this title may be of interest to researchers in Pakistani culture and politics.