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India is a land of enormous diversity. Cross-cultural influences are everywhere in evidence, in the food people eat, the clothes they wear, and in the places they worship. This was especially the case in the India that existed from 1200 to 1750, before the European intervention. The book takes the reader on a journey across the political, economic, religious and cultural landscapes of medieval India, from the Ghurid conquests and the Dehli Sultanate to the great court of the Mughals. This was a time of conquest and consolidation, when Muslims and Hindus came together to create a unique culture which still resonates in today's India. As the first survey of its kind in over a decade, the book is a tour de force. It is beautifully illustrated and fluently composed, with a cast of characters which will educate students and general readers alike.
Catherine B. Asher is Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Minnesota. Her previous publications include Architecture of Mughal India (1992) and, as editor with Thomas R. Metcalf, Perceptions of South Asia's Visual Past (1994). Cynthia Talbot is Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She has published Precolonial India in Practice: Society, Religion, and Identity in Medieval Andhra (2001).
Preface; Glossary; 1. Introduction: situating India; 2. The expansion of Turkish power, 1180-1350; 3. Southern India in the age of Vijayanagara, 1350-1550; 4. North India between empires: history, society, and culture, 1350-1550; 5. Sixteenth-century north India: empire reformulated; 6. Expanding political and economic spheres, 1550-1650; 7. Elite cultures in seventeenth-century South Asia; 8. Challenging central authority, 1650-1750; 9. Changing socio-economic formations, 1650-1750; Epilogue; Biographical notes; Bibliography.
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