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The Sultanate Period: Political and Socio-Cultural Cross Currents

Mohini Gupta (Author) V P Gupta (Author) A N Kapoor (Author)
Synopsis The present volume, The Sultanate Period: Political and Socio-Cultural Cross-currents, is the third one in the series Cross-currents of Indian History and Culture. It covers the period A.D 1206 to A.D. 1576 and is devoted to the study of Political development of the period both at the Central as well as provincial levels. Parts I of the volume is divided into three sections: (1) Interpreting Medieval India; (2) Centripetal Developments: and (3) Centrifugal developments. The first section comments upon medieval Indian historiography and discusses the various approaches to study and interpret medieval India. The Second section is concerned wit the rise of Islam, early Muslim invasions on India and the collapse of the Hindu power resulting in the establishment of the Delhi Sultanate which continues for about 300 years and witnesses the rise and fall of 5 dynasties and 32 kings. The third section, concerned with the provincial politics of the period, analyzes the break-yp of the Deli Empire paving the way for the emergence of 2 important kingdom and the Hindu Vijayanagara Kingdom. Part II of the present volume concentrates on the cultural developments of the period in four sections focused on Political and Social Organization, Art and Literature, religion and Philosophy an India’s Interaction with the Outside World. The most important event of the period was the advent of Islam in India which brought with itself a new religion, a new life-style and a new social system. The Hindus and the Muslims though antagonistic to each other developed a synthesis which was gradually reflected in social customs, artistic productions and literary compositions. Section Two highlights the major trends in medieval architecture, sculpture, paining and literature in provincial languages like Hindi, Marathi, Oriya, Bangla, Tamil and Telugu. Section Three deals with a significant development of the period, i.e., the rise of Bhakti and Sufi Movements, which gave the message of universal love and compassion. Section Four deals India’s interaction with the outside world in far-off regions like Siam, Java, Burma, Sumatra, Champa and Bali.
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About the authors

Mohini Gupta

A constant collaborator in the intellectual pursuits of her husband V.P. Gupta she is co-author in a number of his publications including an Encyclopaedia of History and Culture of Punjab, and biographical studies of Raja Rammohun Roy, Swami Dayaand Saraswati, Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. A two-volume study of India since independence critically examines the triumphs and tragedies of Indian people during the last fifty five years. These books brought out in both the languages - English and Hindi - have been widely acclaimed as the harbinger of awareness about the ideals of our freedom struggle.

A N Kapoor

A.N. Kapoor After obtaining M.A., D.Phil, in English from Allahabad University, Dr. Kapoor taught English at Agra and Delhi Universities for over four decades and has edited, compiled and authored more than hundred titles including reference books, encyclopaedias and language dictionaries. His dictionary of geographical terms published in 1955 was the first work of its kind in Hindi. His comprehensive English-Hindi dictionary stands as the crowning work of the four decade long effort. The lexicon is considered a work of tremendous relevance for the entire gamut of bilingual activity, being undertaken in the country as almost all levels of our social system, educational institutions and government department.

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Title The Sultanate Period: Political and Socio-Cultural Cross Currents
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Radha Publications
Language: English
isbn 8174874275
length xiv+328p., Index; 23cm.
Subjects History