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History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization: The State and Society in Medieval India (Volume VII, Part 1)

D.P. Chattopadhyaya (Editor) J.S. Grewal (Editor)
Synopsis The volumes of the Project on The History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization aim at discovering the main aspects of India’s heritage and present them in an interrelated way. In spite of their unitary look, they recognize the difference between the areas of material civilization and those of ideational culture. The Project is executed by scholars with different ideological persuasions and methodological approaches and is marked by ‘methodological pluralism’. In spite of its primary historical character, this Project, both in its conceptualization and execution, has been shaped by many scholars drawn from different disciplines. It is for the first time that an endeavour of such a unique and comprehensive character has been undertaken to study critically a major world civilization like India. The present volume fills a serious lacuna in existing historiography with a comprehensive look at the social history of medieval India. Contributors examine a range of issues relating to medieval Indian history within the larger parameters of state and society: state forms and patronage, demographic distribution, societal organization, slavery, social change, gender relations, and urbanization. The pan-Indian character of the volume is reflected in the way it looks at state forms and social organizations among the Cholas, the Delhi Sultanate, the Sultanate of Bengal, Himachal, Kumaon and Garhwal regions, medieval Rajastahn, the Vijayanagar State, Keral, the Mughal Empire, Maharashtra, and the Punjab. Written by eminent historians, the essays highlight the importance of the medieval period in Indian history. This volume, and others in the series, will be of special interest to students and scholars of history, philosophy, Cultural Studies, as well as general readers interested in the civilization and culture of India.
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About the authors

D.P. Chattopadhyaya

D.P. Chattopadhyaya, Professor of Philosophy, jadavpur University, is currently working as Research Scientist of the University Grants Commission. Among his numerous published works are Individuals and Societies(1967), Individuals and Worlds (1976), environment Evolution and Value (1982), Humans Meanings Existences (1983), Sri Aurobindo and Karl Marx (1988). His forthcoming books are Induction Probability and Scepticism and Anthropology and historiography of Science.

J.S. Grewal

Professor J.S. Grewal, a former Director of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study of Shimla and a former Vice-Chancellor of Guru Nanak Dev University at Amritsar, has written extensively on philosophy of history, medieval India, Sikh history, and history of the Punjab, and he has edited a large number of volumes. Among his numerous publications are Guru Nanak in History (1969); Muslim Rule in India: The Assessment of British Historians (1970); The Sikhs of the Punjab (1990); Historical Perspectives on Sikh Identity (1997); and Contesting Interpretations of the Sikh Tradition (1998).

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Title History of Science, Philosophy and Culture in Indian Civilization: The State and Society in Medieval India (Volume VII, Part 1)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195667204
length xxii+545p., Notes; References; Bibliography; Index; 29cm.
Subjects History