The Rise Of Islam And The Bengal Frontier / Edition 1

The Rise Of Islam And The Bengal Frontier / Edition 1

by Richard M. Eaton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520205073

ISBN-13: 9780520205079

Pub. Date: 07/31/1996

Publisher: University of California Press


In all of the South Asian subcontinent, Bengal was the region most receptive to the Islamic faith. This area today is home to the world's second-largest Muslim ethnic population. How and why did such a large Muslim population emerge there? And how does such a religious conversion take place? Richard Eaton uses archaeological evidence, monuments, narrative…  See more details below

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In all of the South Asian subcontinent, Bengal was the region most receptive to the Islamic faith. This area today is home to the world's second-largest Muslim ethnic population. How and why did such a large Muslim population emerge there? And how does such a religious conversion take place? Richard Eaton uses archaeological evidence, monuments, narrative histories, poetry, and Mughal administrative documents to trace the long historical encounter between Islamic and Indic civilizations.

Moving from the year 1204, when Persianized Turks from North India annexed the former Hindu states of the lower Ganges delta, to 1760, when the British East India Company rose to political dominance there, Eaton explores these moving frontiers, focusing especially on agrarian growth and religious change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520205079
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
07/31/1996
Series:
Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Note on Translation and Transliteration
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Before the Turkish Conquest3
Bengal in Prehistory3
Easy Indo-Aryan Influence in Bengal6
The Rise of Early Medieval Hindi Culture13
The Diffusion of Bengali Hindu Civilization17
2The Articulation of Political Authority22
Perso-Islamic Conceptions of Political Authority, Eleventh-Thirteenth Centuries23
A Province of the Delhi Sultanate, 1204-134232
The Early Bengal Sultanate, 1342-ca. 140040
The Rise of Raja Ganesh (ca. 1400-1421)50
Sultan Jalal al-Din Muhammad (1415-32) and His Political Ideology56
The Indigenization of Royal Authority, 1433-153863
Summary69
3Early Sufis of the Delta71
The Question of Sufis and Frontier Warfare71
Bengali Sufis and Hindu Thought77
Sufis of the Capital82
4Economy, Society, and Culture93
The Political Economy of the Sultanate95
Ashraf and Non-Ashraf Society97
Hindu Society - Responses to the Conquest102
Hindu Religion - the Siva-Sakta103
Hindu Religion - the Vaishnava Complex109
5Mass Conversion to Islam: Theories and Protagonists113
Four Conventional Theories of Islamization in India113
Theories of Islamization in Bengal119
The Appearance of a Bengali Muslim Peasantry129
6The Rise of Mughal Power137
The Afghan Age, 1537-1612137
The Early Mughal Experience in Bengal, 1574-1610142
The Consolidation of Mughal Authority, 1610-1704150
7Mughal Culture and Its Diffusion159
The Political Basis of Mughal Culture in Bengal159
The Place of Bengal in Mughal Culture167
The Place of Islam in Mughal Culture174
The Administration of Mughal Law - the Villagers' View179
West Bengal: The Integration of Imperial Authority183
The Northern Frontier: Resistance to Imperial Authority186
East Bengal: Conquest and Culture Change191
8Islam and the Agrarian Order in the East194
Riverine Changes and Economic Growth194
Charismatic Pioneers on the Agrarian Frontier207
The Religious Gentry in Bakarganj and Dhaka, 1650-1760219
9Mosque and Shrine in the Rural Landscape228
The Mughal State and the Agrarian Order228
The Rural Mosque in Bengali History229
The Growth of Mosques and Shrines in Rural Chittagong, 1666-1760234
The Rise of Chittagong's Religious Gentry248
The Religious Gentry of Sylhet258
10The Rooting of Islam in Bengal268
Inclusion270
Identification275
Displacement281
Literacy and Islamization291
Gender and Islamization297
11Conclusion305
Appendix 1: Mint Towns and Inscription Sites under Muslim Rulers, 1204-1760317
Appendix: 2: Principal Muslim Rulers of Bengal323
Select Bibliography327
Index343

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