Indo-Islamic society: 14th - 15th centuries

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BRILL, 2003 - Social Science - 282 pages
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This third volume of Andre Wink's acclaimed and pioneering "Al-Hind: The Making of the Indo-Islamic World" takes the reader from the late Mongol invasions to the end of the medieval period and the beginnings of early modern times in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century. It breaks new ground by focusing attention on the role of geography, and more specifically on the interplay of nomadic, settled and maritime societies. In doing so, it presents a picture of the world of India and the Indian Ocean on the eve of the Portuguese discovery of the searoute: a world without stable parameters, of pervasive geophysical change, inchoate and instable urbanism, highly volatile and itinerant elites of nomadic origin, far-flung merchant diasporas, and a famine- and disease-prone peasantry whose life was a gamble on the monsoon.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Medieval cities
64
Frontier and settled society
79
Postnomadic empires
119
Islam trade and the coastal societies of
170
Conclusion
244
Index
259
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André Wink, Ph.D. Leiden (1984) is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of Land and Sovereignty in India and two previous volumes of Al-Hind: The Making of the Indo-Islamic World.