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The series ‘Studies in Asian Art and Culture’ (SAAC) follows a number of aims. Contrasting with already existing publication series, the focus of SAAC is wider. In addition to books on ‘classical’ genres, such as painting, sculpture, architecture and archaeology, the series includes publications on decorative arts, jewellery, textiles, so-called ‘folk art’, lesser studied areas such as church and synagogue building in Asia, Sikh art, photography, film, installation art and new media.

A further aim is to publish new material from the cultural sciences more widely, on inter- and transdisciplinary subjects and particularly studies which combine research from the humanities and the social sciences. In terms of geographic scope, the series reflects the regional remit of the Department of Asian and Islamic Art History at the University of Bonn, and includes material from the Islamic world, from South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia and from the Himalayan and Central Asian cultural realms.

SAAC’s wide range of titles includes books for academics, students and general readers. Our publications present new material and shed light on recent discoveries of global interest, they provide fresh and original insights into well-known objects and periods and provide reference works and textbooks for students.

The books are peer reviewed, beautifully produced and written by experts in their fields. Publications are predominantly in English but manuscripts in other European languages will be considered.


Catalogue of the Published Volumes of the SAAC Series



New releases

SAAC Band 7
In the Footsteps of the Masters: Footprints, Feet, and Shoes as Objects of Veneration in Asian, Islamic and Mediterranean Art

SAAC Series Volume 7

Julia A. B. Hegewald (ed.)

price: 139 €

ISBN: 978-3-86893-332-1

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SAAC Band 6

Cooperation, Contribution and Contestation: The Jain Community, Colonialism and Jainological Scholarship, 1800-1950

SAAC Series Volume 6

Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg, John E. Cort and Leslie C. Orr

price: 69 €

ISBN: 978-3-86893-316-1

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saac3.png Understanding the Hindu Temple: History,

Symbols and Forms

SAAC Series Volume 2

Tiziana Lorenzetti


price: 34,80 €

ISBN: 978-3-86893-164-8

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Jaina Painting and Manuscript Culture: In Memory of Paolo Pinarosa

SAAC Series Volume 3

Julia A. B. Hegewald


price: 78 €

ISBN: 978-3-86893-174-7

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Cultural Exchange in Eighteenth-Century India:
Poetry and Paintings from Kishangarh

SAAC Series Volume 4

Heidi Pauwels 

price: 45 €

ISBN: 978-3-86893-184-6

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The Samādhi of Maharaja Ranjit Singh in Lahore: A Summation of Sikh Architectural and Decorative Practices

SAAC Series Volume 5

Nadhra Shahbaz Khan

price: 78 €

ISBN: 978-3-86893-271-3

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The quality of our publications are peer reviewed by a renowned international editorial board. It consists of a group of subject experts, covering the diverse fields of our series. Only manuscripts approved by at least one of our experts are selected for publication.

Should no expert for a given discipline be serving on the board at present or should our expert(s) be unable to review the manuscript in sufficient time, we will ask other specialists to undertake the review process for us.

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SAAC International Editorial Board:

  • Prof. Dr. Finbarr Barry Flood (New York University)

  • Dr. Robert J. Del Bontà (indipendent scholar, San Francisco)

  • Prof. Dr. Adam Hardy (Cardiff University)

  • Prof. Dr. John Huntington (Ohio State University, Columbus)

  • Prof. Dr. Susan Huntington (Ohio State University, Columbus)

  • Dr. Steven Huyler (independent scholar, Maine and California)

  • Dr. Patrick Krüger (Ruhr-Universität, Bochum)

  • Dr. Mallica Kumbera Landrus (The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)

  • Prof. Dr. Subrata K. Mitra (Institute of South Asian Studies, NUS, Singapore)

  • Prof. Dr. Partha Mitter (Sussex and Oxford)

  • Dr. Petra Rösch (Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln)

  • Dr. Julia Shaw (UCL Institute of Archaeology, London)

  • Dr. Giles H.R. Tillotson (Jaipur City Palace Museum, Jaipur)

  • Prof. Dr. Melanie Trede (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg)


Former members of the Editorial Board:

  • Prof. Dr. Willem Bollée, Bamberg (since 2014 / ✝ 2020)


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Forthcoming Titles_1




Hindu Architecture (Working Title)

Cathleen Cummings (ed.), Associate Professor of Art History at The University of Alabama at Birmingham

(not reviewed yet)



Buddhist Art (Working Title)

Susan L. Huntington (ed.), Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, the Ohio State University

(not reviewed yet)



The Enthroned Buddha in Majesty: An Iconological Study

Nicolas Revire, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Thammasat University, Bangkok

(accepted for publication)



Distinction and Dialogue: Jaina Art, History and Culture in Karnataka
Julia A. B. Hegewald (ed.), Department of Asian and Islamic Art History, The University of Bonn, Germany

(not reviewed yet)





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We welcome manuscript submissions. Please follow our manuscript preparation guidelines (Authors’ Guidelines) and submission instructions below.


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Submission instructions

You are welcome to contact us with book proposals but we only review completed manuscripts.

If you would like to submit a finished manuscript to SAAC please send Pdf files by email attachment (Zip file) or mail a CD/DVD or a printed paper version along with the following information, to the series editor, Prof. Julia A. B. Hegewald at the address below:

  • a covering letter (please specify in your cover letter if you would like your printed manuscript/CD/DVD returned)
  • a summary of your book of about 400-500 words
  • your curriculum vitae including a complete list of publications


The book manuscript should include the following items:

  • a table of contents
  • all of the chapters as individual Pdf files
  • the illustrations preferably as Tif (or Jpeg) files inclusive of copyright information
  • a complete list of illustrations
  • biodata of the author(s)/editor(s) and notes on contributors in edited volumes
  • a glossary of specialist terms used in the book


Should your book manuscript be accepted we will also require the following items:

  • a short book description of about 150 words for the book cover
  • a short biographical paragraph about the editor(s) of 45-50 words for the book cover
  • a longer book description of about 270 words for the webpage/publicity material
  • a longer biographical paragraph about the editor(s) of about 100 words for the webpage/publicity material
  • the final text version should have all the words to be included in the index marked in the proper fashion (please request guidelines if needed).

Please mail your manuscript to the following address/email address:


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Prof. Dr. Julia A. B. Hegewald                              
Department for Asian and Islamic Art History
The University of Bonn
Adenauerallee 10
53173 Bonn

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In order to publish your manuscript a publication subsidy will be required. Once we have received your complete manuscript and illustrations, we will provide you with three estimates for publishing your book (black and white, colour, or combination of the two).

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Preparing Your Manuscript


Please follow the instructions listed below in order to facilitate a quick, smooth and error-free production of your book.

  • Prepare your manuscript on the same system—both hardware and software—from start to finish. We accept text files in Microsoft Word format. Please also submit a Pdf version of the entire text.
  • Use as little formatting as necessary. The plainer the printout, the easier it will be to edit and design your book.
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1. General enquiries                                      contact us_1

Prof. Dr. Julia A. B. Hegewald
Series Editor SAAC
Department for Asian and Islamic Art History
The University of Bonn
Adenauerallee 10
53173 Bonn

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2. Submissions

We encourage authors to contact us by email before sending in their manuscripts. Please follow the guidelines provided in the sections ‘Submitting Manuscripts’ and ‘Authors’ Guidelines’ before submitting your manuscript to the address above.


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Abteilung für Asiatische und Islamische Kunstgeschichte

jainaheritage.pngThe Jaina Heritage 

Distinction, Decline and Resilience

Julia A. B. Hegewald (ed.)

Book Summary

Jaina studies are expanding and increasingly gaining in international recognition. Counterbalancing an earlier bias towards research on the Shvetambara community and on north-western India, there are a number of recent surveys on the Digambaras in the South. These studies, however, have generally neglected the modern State of Karnataka. This historically and culturally significant region, in which Jainism has played a major role, forms the focus of the present volume. Despite its emphasis on Digambara Jainism and on Karnataka, the book includes many references to other religious groups striving for supremacy in the region, and to neighbouring States in the wider area of South India.

In addition to the novel emphases in terms of religious and regional approach, this collection of thirteen research papers revolves around the question of what is heritage and who defines it. The scholarly contributions combine the latest findings from the three main disciplines of history, art and architecture, and religious studies—with ample citations from literature, epigraphy, archaeology and anthropology. In their entirety they widen our understanding of the concept of heritage and approach hitherto neglected areas of research. Particularly important are the contributions providing fresh evidence on political history, and the rise and subsequent relative decline of the Jaina community in the South. Equally significant are the investigations into neglected and so-far unknown areas of architectural history, combined with the provision of revised interpretations of known sites. The scholarly contributions from religious studies emphasise the distinction and resilience of the Digambara Jainas and outline religious change over a period stretching from the early centuries BCE to the present day.

By introducing new areas of enquiry, identifying important signifiers of heritage, reinterpreting earlier findings, drawing on modern South Asian studies, and combining research findings from across a number of academic fields in an interdisciplinary manner, this collection of specialist papers reveals new ways of seeing and understanding the splendour and complexities of the Jaina heritage. In doing so, it opens up a number of new questions concerning the construction and preservation of the heritages of other groups and regions of South Asia and the wider world as well.

Jaina Heritage - book description & table of contents [PDF 90 KB]

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imperialsightseeing.jpgImperial Sightseeing

Die Indienreise von Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand von Österreich-Este

ISBN 978-3-200-01875-4


Regina Höfer


Auf seiner Weltreise 1892/93 erkundete Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand von Österreich-Este unter anderem auch Indien und Ceylon. Berühmte Fotografen wie der Wiener Eduard Hodek jun. oder Lala Deen Dayal dokumentierten seine Erlebnisse zwischen Tigerjagd und Hofzeremoniell. Einen Höhepunkt bildet dabei ein komplettes Album Deen Dayals, das den „Staatsbesuch“ des Erzherzogs beim Nizam von Hyderabad illustriert.  

Der Katalog zur gleichnamigen Ausstellung im Wiener Museum für Völkerkunde präsentiert erstmals über 80 historische Fotografien, diverse Archivmaterialien sowie Miniaturen auf Elfenbein und Papier aus der enormen „Souvenirsammlung“ des Erzherzogs.

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