Sultans of the South

Arts of India's Deccan Courts, 1323-1687

Author: Navina Najat Haidar,Marika Sardar

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

ISBN: 1588394387

Category: Art, Indic

Page: 322

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Between the 14th and the 17th century, the Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a series of important and highly cultured Muslim courts. Subtly blending elements from Iran, West Asia, southern India, and northern India, the arts produced under these sultanates are markedly different from those of the rest of India and especially from those produced under Mughal patronage. This publication, a result of a 2008 symposium held at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, investigates the arts of Deccan and the unique output in the fields of painting, literature, architecture, arms, textiles, and carpet.

The Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504-1719

Author: Munis D. Faruqui

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107022177

Category: History

Page: 348

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A new interpretation of the Mughal Empire explores Mughal state formation through the pivotal role of its princes.

The Social Space of Language

Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab

Author: Farina Mir

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520947649

Category: History

Page: 294

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This rich cultural history set in Punjab examines a little-studied body of popular literature to illustrate both the durability of a vernacular literary tradition and the limits of colonial dominance in British India. Farina Mir asks how qisse, a vibrant genre of epics and romances, flourished in colonial Punjab despite British efforts to marginalize the Punjabi language. She explores topics including Punjabi linguistic practices, print and performance, and the symbolic content of qisse. She finds that although the British denied Punjabi language and literature almost all forms of state patronage, the resilience of this popular genre came from its old but dynamic corpus of stories, their representations of place, and the moral sensibility that suffused them. Her multidisciplinary study reframes inquiry into cultural formations in late-colonial north India away from a focus on religious communal identities and nationalist politics and toward a widespread, ecumenical, and place-centered poetics of belonging in the region.

Military Transition in Early Modern Asia, 1400-1750

Cavalry, Guns, Government and Ships

Author: Kaushik Roy

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1780938004

Category: History

Page: 288

View: 6578


A substantial amount of work has been carried out to explore the military systems of Western Europe during the early modern era, but the military trajectories of the Asian states have received relatively little attention. This study provides the first comparative study of the major Asian empires' military systems and explores the extent of the impact of West European military transition on the extra-European world. Kaushik Roy conducts a comparative analysis of the armies and navies of the large agrarian bureaucratic empires of Asia, focusing on the question of how far the Asian polities were able to integrate gunpowder weapons in their military systems. Military Transition in Early Modern Asia, 1400-1750 offers important insights into the common patterns in war making across the region, and the impact of firearms and artillery.

Vedic Voices

Intimate Narratives of a Living Andhra Tradition

Author: David M. Knipe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190266732

Category: Religion

Page: 368

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For countless generations families have lived in isolated communities in the Godavari Delta of coastal Andhra Pradesh, learning and reciting their legacy of Vedas, performing daily offerings and occasional sacrifices. They are the virtually unrecognized survivors of a 3,700-year-old heritage, the last in India who perform the ancient animal and soma sacrifices according to Vedic tradition. In Vedic Voices, David M. Knipe offers for the first time, an opportunity for them to speak about their lives, ancestral lineages, personal choices as pandits, wives, children, and ways of coping with an avalanche of changes in modern India. He presents a study of four generations of ten families, from those born at the outset of the twentieth century down to their great-grandsons who are just beginning, at the age of seven, the task of memorizing their Veda, the Taittiriya Samhita, a feat that will require eight to twelve years of daily recitations. After successful examinations these young men will reside with the Veda family girls they married as children years before, take their places in the oral transmission of a three-thousand-year Vedic heritage, teach the Taittiriya collection of texts to their own sons, and undertake with their wives the major and minor sacrifices performed by their ancestors for some three millennia. Coastal Andhra, famed for bountiful rice and coconut plantations, has received scant attention from historians of religion and anthropologists despite a wealth of cultural traditions. Vedic Voices describes in captivating prose the geography, cultural history, pilgrimage traditions, and celebrated persons of the region. Here unfolds a remarkable story of Vedic pandits and their wives, one scarcely known in India and not at all to the outside world.

The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean

Author: Shihan de S. Jayasuriya,Richard Pankhurst

Publisher: Africa World Press

ISBN: 9780865439801

Category: History

Page: 293

View: 423


Although much has been written about the African Diaspora in the Atlantic Ocean, the Diaspora in the Indian Ocean is virtually unrecognised. Concerned with Africans who lived south of the Sahara and were dispersed by free will or forcefully to the non-African lands in the Indian Ocean region, this book deals with a topic that has been overlooked for too long. Eight scholars researching in distinct geographical areas and with interdisciplinary expertise offer a comprehensive and informative account of the Diaspora in the Indian Ocean.

Fields of Victory

Vijayanagara and the Course of Intensification

Author: Kathleen D. Morrison

Publisher: N.A


Category: Agriculture

Page: 201

View: 6061


"Arier" und "Draviden"

Konstruktionen der Vergangenheit als Grundlage für Selbst- und Fremdwahrnehmungen Südasiens

Author: Michael Bergunder

Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag

ISBN: 9783931479343

Category: Dravidians

Page: 250

View: 9864


Der Zusammenhalt der Welt

religiöse Herrschaftslegitimation und Religionspolitik Maharaja Savai Jaisinghs (1700-1743)

Author: Monika Horstmann

Publisher: Otto Harrassowitz Verlag

ISBN: 9783447058407

Category: History

Page: 399

View: 5748


Maharaja Savai Jaisingh gehorte zu den bedeutendsten Amtstragern des ausgehenden Mogul-Kaiserreiches. Die Gunst der Umstande nutzend, schuf er sich eine weitgehend unabhangige Position. Seine nachdrucklich inszenierte Herrschaft als Hindu-Konig wurde durch eine Ideologie untermauert, die ihn als Retter der Hindu-Ordnung vor dem andrangenden Verfall beschrieb. Der Aufrechterhaltung dieser Ordnung diente traditionell das hofi sche Ritual, dem damals jedoch aus den Reihen des Vishnuismus der einflussreichen Bhakti-Richtung theologisch fundierte Kritik entgegenschlug. Die Hofbrahmanenschaft selbst war von dieser Spannung zwischen religioser Ordnung und neueren Glaubensauffassungen nicht ausgenommen. Es kam zu Disputationen bei Hofe, die weite Kreise zogen und in deren Konsequenz der Hof drastisch in die Angelegenheiten religioser Gemeinschaften eingriff, was Folgen bis in die Gegenwart gezeitigt hat. Im Textanhang werden neben Archivalien zwei autoritative Abhandlungen von Hauptakteuren in der Auseinandersetzung erstmals ediert und ubersetzt.

Transkulturelle Verflechtungsprozesse in der Vormoderne

Author: Wolfram Drews,Christian Scholl

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110445506

Category: Social Science

Page: 310

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Pre-Modern Europe’s diverse ethnic and religious groups were in continuous contact with each other and also with “cultures” beyond Europe. This collected volume analyzes these reciprocal exchange processes, taking into consideration connections between Christians, Jews, and Moslems as well as relationships between Western Europe, the Byzantine Empire, the Near East, and India.


Author: Hermann Grassmann

Publisher: Рипол Классик

ISBN: 5879498484

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Rig-Veda. Theil 2. Sammelb?cher Des Rig-Veda (1., 9.-10. Buch). ?bersetzt und mit kritischen und erl?uternden anmerkungen versehen von Hermann Grassmann.