Himalayan Studies encompasses diverse geographies, cultural regions, ethno-linguistic groups, and various topics of academic inquiry. This bibliography is aimed at providing an initial introduction, categorized by topics. This is not a comprehensive overview, but instead a set of starting points to encourage students to go further on their own. These books are available through two collections: the UBC Library collections and the collections of the Himalaya Program. The books available at UBC Library have been hyperlinked to the webpage. If you would like to access other books please contact the Himalaya Program: firstname.lastname@example.org
(*) Contact Himalaya Program for the book: email@example.com
Note: this page was updated in 2016 and does not fully reflect the current literature.
Art & Visual Culture / Development studies / Economy / Education / Ethnicity/Nationalism / Environment / Ethnography / Geography/Geology / Health & Well-Being / History / Language / Politics & State / Religion / Urbanization
Bawa, K., & Kadur, S. (2012). Himalaya: Mountains of Life. ATREE. (*)
Shakya, S. (2013). Unleashing Nepal. Penguin UK. (*)
Singh, R. B., & Hietala, R. (Eds.). (2014). Livelihood Security in Northwestern Himalaya: Case Studies from Changing Socio-economic Environments in Himachal Pradesh, India. Springer Science & Business.
Bhatta, P. (Ed.). (2009). Education in Nepal: Problems, reforms and social change. Martin Chautari. (*)
Bass, C. (1998). Education in Tibet: Policy and practice since 1950. Zed books. (*)
Carrin, Marine, Pralay Kanungo, and Gérard Toffin. (2014) The Politics of Ethnicity in India, Nepal and China. Primius Books. (*)
Thompson, M., Warburton, M., & Hatley, T. (1986). Uncertainty on a Himalayan scale: An institutional theory of environmental perception and a strategic framework for the sustainable development of the Himalaya. London: Milton Ash Editions/Ethnographica.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2016). Nepal Earthquake 2015: an insight into risks - a vision for reslience.
Health & Well-Being
Turin, M. (2012). Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region, Volume 6: A Grammar of the Thangmi Language (2 vols): With an Ethnolinguistic Introduction to the Speakers and Their Culture. Brill. (UBC Faculty Publication)
Hofer, A. (1979). The history of the Muluki Ain: The caste hierarchy and the state in Nepal: A study of the Muluki Ain of 1854. Innsbruck, Austria: Universitatsverlag Wanger. (*)
Lawoti, M. (Ed.). (2007). Contentious politics and democratization in Nepal. SAGE Publications India. (*)
Sijapati, M. A., & Birkenholtz, J. V. (Eds.). (2016). Religion and Modernity in the Himalaya. Routledge.
To browse books on culture, history, religion, and society of the Himalayas, look under the call number DS401-486.6 (Library of Congress Classification outline)
To browse books on the culture and history of Nepal, look under the call number DS493-495.8.
To browse books on the culture and history of Bhutan, look under the call number DS491-492.9.
Most books on Nepal, Bhutan, the Indian Himalayas, and the Tibetan cultural region are held at Koerner Library, however, some can also be found under other categories. Books on art and media of the Himalayan region are held at the Iriving K. Barber Learning Centre