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Architecture in Medieval India: Forms, Contexts, Histories

Monica Juneja (Editor)
Synopsis The architectural history of medieval India has been the subject of very diverse writings. The present book pulls together the most significant of these, revealing an impressive array of ideas about India’s past through the study of its monuments. A long introduction examines the intellectual importance of architectural history, showing how buildings and their histories have frequently been polemical and instrumental: they have been politically deployed to construct or fabricate a past. They have been used to provide symbolic meanings which have helped subjugate or unify heterogeneous communities and nations. The architectural history of India's misnamed 'Muslim' period is revealed as the site of tensions between Hindus and Muslims, colonialists and nationalists, traditionalists and postmodernists. The writings reproduced here are also located within the specific intellectual, political, and socio-cultural contexts within which they emerged, making this 'reader' a major contribution to Indian history.
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About the author

Monica Juneja

Monica Juneja is Professor, Department of History, University of Delhi. She is the author of a monograph on the rural image in French painting, and of several learned articles (in English, French and German) on European and Indian art as well as on questions of cultural and gender history. She is Associate Editor of The Medieval History Fournal.

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Title Architecture in Medieval India: Forms, Contexts, Histories
Author Monica Juneja
Format Softcover
Date published: 22.05.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178242286
length xvi+640p.