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Medieval India: Essays in Intellectual Thought and Culture (Volume I)

Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui (Editor)
Synopsis This collection of essays offers a comprehensive study of the impact of cultural life and intellectual thought on society in Medieval India. Doubtless, if the impact of interaction between the followers of Hindu and Islamic traditions of culture under the Arab and Ghaznavid rulers remained confined, to Sind and the Panjab from the eight to the twelfth centuries AD, the Ghurian conquest of north India led to far-reaching socio-political changes in the subcontinent. The scientific instruments and devices that found their way with the emigrants from the neightbouring countries after the foundation of the sultanate in the beginning of the thirteenth century became the accoomaniments of civilized life and generated new components of elite culture. The essays in this volume shift the focus from the pre-occupation with battles and court politics that dominate the studies of the period and help us understand the complex social phenomens. The essays arranged are first concerned with intellectual life and thought and then come those that deal with literary works containing historical information of supplementary and corroborative importance. The works analysed not only cast light on currents and cross currents resulting from the role played by the elite but also open new vistas for further investigation. The discovery of new sources is of methodological significance as they provide insights into certain aspects not much known. The contributors are scholars of eminence and belong to India, England, USA and Australia.
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About the author

Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui

Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui retired as Professor of History, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Amongst his published works are: Some Aspects of Afghan Despotism in India, Sher Shah Sur and His Dynasty; Mughal Relations with the Indian Ruling Elile; Perso-Arabic Sources on the life and Conditions in the Sultanate of Delhi; English Translation of the Waqi’at-i-Mushtaqi; Authority and Kingship under the Sultans of Delhi; and Medieval India; Essays in Intellectual Thought and Culture. Besides, he has contributed a large number of articles to international journals, Encyclopedia of Islam (New Edition, E.J. Brill, Leiden), Encyclopedia Iranica (USA), encyclopedia of Islam in Turkish language (Istanbul) and encyclopedia of Islamic civilization in Arabic (Jordan).

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Title Medieval India: Essays in Intellectual Thought and Culture (Volume I)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173044996
length 223p., Notes; Index; 23cm.
Subjects History