Contents: Preface. Introduction. I: 1. The Delhi Sultanate/Irfan Habib. 2. The Sultanate of Gujarat/Iqtidar Alam Khan. 3. The Sultanate of Kashmir/R.L. Hangloo. 4. The Vijayanagar state/Y. Subbarayalu. 5. The Mughal Empire/Irfan Habib. 6. State patronage in Medieval India/Iqtidar Alam Khan. 7. Social change in Medieval India/Satish Chandra. II: 8. Demographic distribution and composition/Shireen Moosvi. 9. The professional middle classes/Iqtidar Alam Khan. 10. Merchants in Medieval India/Shireen Moosvi. 11. Zamindars/Irfan Habib. 12. Peasants/Irfan Habib. 13. Labourers and artisans/Irfan Habib. III: 14. Medieval Kerala: state and society/Kesavan Veluthat. 15. The Chola state and society/Y. Subbarayalu. 16. State and society in Maharashtra/A.R. Kulkarni. 17. State and society in Medieval Rajasthan/Dilbagh Singh. 18. The Sultanate of Bengal/Aniruddha Ray. 19. North-East India: state and society/J.B. Bhattacharjee. 20. Kumaon and Garhwal: state and society/M.P. Joshi. 21. State and society in the Himachal/J.S. Grewal and Veena Sachdeva. 22. State and society in the Punjab/Indu Banga. IV: 23. Tribes and tribal organization/Irfan Habib. 24. The village community/Irfan Habib. 25. Urbanization in Medieval India/Reeta Grewal. 26. Slavery/Irfan Habib. 27. Gender relations in Medieval India/Indu Banga. 28. Akbar: the name of a conjuncture/Kumkum Sangari. Bibliography. Index.
"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'.
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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 Rajasthan, the Vijayanagar state, Kerala, the Mughal Empire, Maharashtra and the Punjab. Written by eminent historians, the essays highlight the importance of the medieval period in Indian history.
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