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Negotiating Cultural Identity: Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History

Himanshu Prabha Ray (Editor)

This volume breaks new ground by conceptualizing landscape as a dynamic cultural complex in which the natural world and human practice are inextricably linked and are constantly interacting. It examines the social and cultural construction of space in the early medieval period in South Asia, as manifest in society, religious architecture and as shaped through trade and economic transactions.

Contents: Introduction. Part 1: The Archaeology of Space. 1. India Cartographica: Some Roman Sightings/Grant Parker. 2. Cartography and Cultural Encounter: Conceptualisation of al-Hind by Arabic and Persian Writers from the 9th to 11th Century CE/Noemie Verdon 3. Self, Other and the Use and Appropriation of Late Roman Coins in South India and Sri Lanka (4th–8th Centuries ce)/Rebecca Darley. Part 2: Defining Cultural Landscapes. 4. Sacred Spaces of the Middle Ganga Valley: A Case Study of Varanasi/Vidula Jayaswal. 5. Transforming the Landscape: Questions of Medieval Reuse and Worship at Ancient Jain Rock-Cut Sites near Madurai/Lisa N. Owen. 6. Of Saffron, Snow and Spirituality: Glimpses of Cultural Geography in the Rajatarangini/Shonaleeka Kaul. 7. ‘Space for Change’: Reviewing ‘Paucity of Coins’ in Early Medieval India with Regard to Data, Methodology and Interpretation/Shailendra Bhandare. 8. Colonial Imagination and Identity Attribution: Numismatic Cues for Defining Space/Mamta Dwivedi. 9. Shrines as ‘Monuments’: Issues of Classification, Custody and Conflict in Orissa/Umakanta Mishra. Index.

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About the author

Himanshu Prabha Ray

Himanshu Prabha Ray is associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she has taught since 1980. Her publications include Monastery and Guild: Commerce under the Satavahanas, Oxford University Press, 1986; The Winds Change: Buddhism and the Maritime Links of Early south Asia, Oxford University Press, 1994 (reissued as Oxford India Paperbacks, 1998); The Archaeology off Seafariing in Ancient South Asia, Cambridge University Press, 2003. In 1996, she jointly edited with Jean-Ffrancois Salles a volume titled, Tradition and Archaeology: Early Maritime Contacts in the Indian Ocean, Manohar, 1996. another volume Archaeology of Seafaring: The Indian Ocean in the ancient Period, was published in the Indian Council of Historical Research Monograph Series I, New Delhi, 1999.

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Title Negotiating Cultural Identity: Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History
Format Hardcover
Date published: 27.10.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Routledge India
Language: English
isbn 9781138822528
length 308p.,