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Ryan Perkins: Stanford’s first South Asian and Islamic Studies librarian

(DEVON ZANDER/The Stanford Daily)

Stanford’s first South Asian and Islamic Studies librarian, Ryan Perkins, has traveled the world to collect some of the rarest materials related to Indian, Pakistani and Persian history. After coming to Stanford, Perkins used his expertise to stock the University’s libraries with some of the world’s oldest South Asian and Islamic texts. The Daily sat down with Perkins to talk about libraries in the digital age and his experience studying South Asia.