India in the Persianate Age

India in the Persianate Age 1000-1765

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Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2020 CUNDILL HISTORY PRIZE

'Remarkable ... this brilliant book stands as an important monument to an almost forgotten world' William Dalrymple, Spectator


A sweeping, magisterial new history of India from the middle ages to the arrival of the British

The Indian subcontinent might seem a self-contained world. Protected by vast mountains and seas, it has created its own religions, philosophies and social systems. And yet this ancient land experienced prolonged and intense interaction with the peoples and cultures of East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and, especially, Central Asia and the Iranian plateau between the eleventh and eighteenth centuries.

Richard M. Eaton's wonderful new book tells this extraordinary story with relish and originality. His major theme is the rise of 'Persianate' culture - a many-faceted transregional world informed by a canon of texts that circulated through ever-widening networks across much of Asia. Introduced to India in the eleventh century by dynasties based in eastern Afghanistan, this culture would become thoroughly indigenized by the time of the great Mughals in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. This long-term process of cultural interaction and assimilation is reflected in India's language, literature, cuisine, attire, religion, styles of rulership and warfare, science, art, music, architecture, and more.

The book brilliantly elaborates the complex encounter between India's Sanskrit culture - which continued to flourish and grow throughout this period - and Persian culture, which helped shape the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal Empire and a host of regional states, and made India what it is today.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141985398
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 954.02
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 5380
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 374g
Height: 198mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 26mm