Surprising Bedfellows

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Surprising Bedfellows: Hindus and Muslims in Medieval and Early Modern India argues that religious and cultural identities in medieval and early modern India were marked by fluid and constantly shifting relationships rather than by the binary model of opposition that is assumed in so much scholarship. Building on the pioneering work of scholars such as Cynthia Talbot and Brajadulal Chattopadhyaya, these chapters seek to understand identity perception through romances, historical documents, ballads and historical epics, inscriptions and even architecture. The chapters in this volume urge readers to reconsider the simple and rigid application of categories such as Hindu and Muslim when studying South Asia's medieval and early modern past. It is only by doing this that we can understand the past and, perhaps, help prevent the dangerous rewriting of Indian history.

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Editorial Reviews

Intenerario 2G:1, (2005) - Travis L. Smith
This collection of essays will be extremely useful to scholars seeking specific examples of cases where the Hindu/Muslim binary simply does not work-and given the constant reinforcement for mass media and academic institutions today, such examples are welcome, and worthy of being propagated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739106730
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 6/24/2003
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Sushil Mittal is Assistant Professor of Religion and the John C. Griswold Distinguished Professorship in Religion at Millikin University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction Chapter 3 Hindus, Muslims, and the Other in Eighteenth Century India Chapter 4 Fortuitous Convergences and Essential Ambiguities: Transcultural Political Elites in the Medieval Deccan Chapter 5 Surprising Bedfellows: Vaisnava and Shi'a Alliance in Kavi Ariph's 'Tale of Lalmon' Chapter 6 The dharma of Islam and the din of Hinduism: Hindus and Muslims in the Age of Sivaji Chapter 7 Conclusion

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