After Timur Left: Culture and Circulation in Fifteenth Century North India

Hardcover | October 21, 2014

EditorFrancesca Orsini, Samira Sheikh

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Timur invaded northern India in 1398 but returned to Samarkand a year later. In 1555 the Timurid emperor Humayun came back to India after being forced into exile in Persia and re-established Mughal rule in northern India. Between these two significant dates stretches an era largely consignedto oblivion - the "long" fifteenth century. The Mughal dynasty has long occupied a pre-eminent position in research on Indian history. It has also been credited with ushering in a radically new age of innovation in art, literature, and statecraft. But what of the period before the Mughals? With the empire-centred study of history privileging periods of political centralization, the multi-centred fifteenth century has remained relatively unexplored and undervalued.After Timur Left presents a path-breaking interdisciplinary set of writings on the politics, languages, religions, literatures, and arts of the fifteenth century. Together they reveal it to be a period of considerable political and social mobility, of cultural connectivity and consolidation, ofinnovation in literature and language choices, and of new forms of religious organization and expression.

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Timur invaded northern India in 1398 but returned to Samarkand a year later. In 1555 the Timurid emperor Humayun came back to India after being forced into exile in Persia and re-established Mughal rule in northern India. Between these two significant dates stretches an era largely consignedto oblivion - the "long" fifteenth century. T...

Francesca Orsini is Professor of Hindi and South Asian Literature at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Samira Sheikh is Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsNote on TransliterationList of Plates and Figures1. Francesca Orsini and Samira Sheikh: IntroductionStates, Subjects, and Networks2. Simon Digby: After Timur Left: North India in the Fifteenth Century3. Sunil Kumar: Bandagi and Naukari: Studying Transitions in Political Culture and Service under the North Indian Sultanates, Thirteenth-Sixteenth CenturiesPublic Languages4. Richard M. Eaton: The Rise of Written Vernaculars: The Deccan 1450-16505. Dilorom Karomat: Turki and Hindavi in the world of Persian: Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Dictionaries6. Stefano Pello: Local Lexis? Provincializing Persian in Fifteenth-Century North India7. Samira Sheikh: Languages of Public Piety: Bilingual Inscriptions from Sultanate Gujarat, c. 1390-1538Tellings of Kings, Sufis, and Warriors8. Aparna Kapadia: Universal Poet, Local Kings: Sanskrit, the Rhetoric of Kingship and Local Kingdoms in Gujarat9. Ramya Sreenivasan: Warrior-Tales at Hinterland Courts in North India, ca. 1370-155010. Aditya Behl: Emotion and Meaning in Mirigavati: Strategies of Spiritual Signification in Hindavi Sufi RomancesCultural Spaces and Literary Transactions11. Eloise Brac de la Perriere: The Art of the Book in India under the Sultanates12. Eva de Clerq: Apabhramsha as a Literary Medium in Fifteenth Century North India13. Imre Bangha: Early Hindi Epic Poetry in Gwalior: Beginnings and Continuities in the Ramayan of Vishnudas14. Francesca Orsini: Traces of a Multilingual World: Hindavi in Persian TextsBibliographyNote on Editors and ContributorsIndex