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Arabic and Persian Inscriptions of Bengal

Mohammad Yusuf Siddiq (Author) Studies in Bengal Art Series No.

Architectural inscriptions are a fascinating aspect of cultural heritage of Bengal because of their rich and diverse historical content and artistic merit. Arabic and Persian epigraphs help us understand the advent of Islam in Bengal and its gradual diffusion, which eventually transformed the region into a Muslim majority area, making Bengali Muslims the second largest linguistic group in the Islamic world. This book is an interpretive study of the Arabic and Persian inscriptions of medieval Bengal in the wider context of a rich epigraphic tradition of Bengal. While focusing on previously untapped sources, it takes a fresh look into these inscriptions and examines the inner dynamics of the social, intellectual and religious transformations of Bengal. Thus it explores many unique dimensions of Arabic and Persian inscriptions of Bengal. In addition to deciphering and editing the epigraphic texts, the information derived from them has been analysed to construct the political, administrative and cultural scenario of the period. This book also examines many newly discovered epigraphs not noticed previously. The first complete survey of the Arabic and Persian inscriptions in Bengal ever to be attempted on this outstanding scale, the book reveals the significance of epigraphy as a source for history and culture of medieval Bengal. While the book will generate immense interest for scholars in various fields especially in the academic areas such as South Asian Studies, Bengal History, Archaeological Studies of the region, common readers will also enjoy reading it lucidly for their general knowledge.

Contents: Preface. Foreword. Introduction. 1. Visual culture of Islam: reflection on the art heritage of Muslim Bengal. 2. Inscriptions as a source for Islamic history. 3. Advent of Islam in Bengal and the emergence of a new system. 4. Mystical dimension of the Islamic inscriptions of Bengal. 5. Inscriptions as art in the Islamic architecture of Bengal. 6. Diversity of titles in the Islamic inscriptions of Bengal. 7. Inscriptions of the formative period of Muslim rule. 8. Inscriptions of the early Bengal sultanate. 9. Inscriptions of the Husayn Shahi sultans. 10. Inscriptions of the period of transition to mughal rule. 11. Inscriptions during the reign of mughal emperors. 12. Later inscriptions. 13. Miscellaneous inscriptions. Conclusion. Appendices. Select bibliography. Index. List of maps.

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About the author

Mohammad Yusuf Siddiq

Mohammad Yusuf Siddiq (born 1957) is currently H.E.C. professor of Islamic History, Civilization and culture at the Islamic Studies Department at University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Fromerly, he was a faculty member at University of Sharjah in U.A.E. where he taught History, Islamic Civilization and Culture. He was the founder chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Zayed University in UAE during 1998-2001. Prior to that, he served as an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Islamic University in Kushtia, Bangladesh. He held various academic positions at Harvard University from 1987 to 19994, and from 1996 to 1998. During 1991-1992, he was a visiting fellow at Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University.

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Title Arabic and Persian Inscriptions of Bengal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789843448651
length 800p., 607 Plates; Figs.