Asian Encounters: Exploring Connected Histories

Hardcover | November 3, 2014

EditorUpinder Singh, Parul Pandya Dhar

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The centuries-old interactions between the different regions of Asia took various forms including the migration of people, trade in raw materials and goods, and the exchange of religious, literary, and aesthetic ideas and forms. Covering diverse aspects of these interactions, this volumestudies the connections between India and other parts of Asia including China and Southeast Asia. It, therefore, approaches the subject of Asian cultural interactions during the pre-modern and early modern periods through the prism of politics, art, religion, and trade. By bringing together these inter-related aspects of cultural encounters, it explores the complex connected histories of theAsian people in a comprehensive manner. The diversities of cultural interactions addressed in this book range from issues of war and diplomacy to trade, trade routes and ship-wrecks; from the making of grand monumental edifices to the circulation of tiny terracottas and coveted carpets, and from the religious to the secular domains in theexchange of cultural ideas and forms. Crucial for a comprehensive understanding of contemporary networks between the Indian subcontinent and various other parts of Asia, this work shows that interactions across cultures in pre-modern Asia were motivated not only by commercial but also cultural tiesand explores the historical context in which they took place.

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The centuries-old interactions between the different regions of Asia took various forms including the migration of people, trade in raw materials and goods, and the exchange of religious, literary, and aesthetic ideas and forms. Covering diverse aspects of these interactions, this volumestudies the connections between India and other p...

Upinder Singh is Professor in the Department of History, University of Delhi. Parul Pandya Dhar is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of History at the University of Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:November 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsKapila Vatsyayan: ForewordUpinder Singh and Parul Pandya Dhar: IntroductionChanging Perspectives1. Hermann Kulke: Indian colonies, Indianization or cultural convergence? Reflections on the changing image of India's role in Southeast Asia2. Geoff Wade: Ming state violence against neighbouring polities and its representation in Chinese historiographyPolitical Connectivities and Conflicts3. Upinder Singh: Gifts from other lands: Southeast Asian royal religious endowments in India4. Tansen Sen: Changing regimes: Two episodes of Chinese military interventions in medieval South Asia5. Sunil Kumar: An inconvenient heritage: The Central Asian background of the Delhi SultansReligion, Rituals and Monuments6. Parul Pandya Dhar: Buddhism, art and ritual practice: ?ng D??ng at the intersection of Asian cultures7. Soumya James: Durg? and ?iva at Banteay Srei: Blurring boundaries between monument, image and practiceTrade, Icons and Artefacts8. Osmund Bopearachchi: Sri Lanka and maritime trade: Bodhisattva Avalokite?vara as the protector of mariners9. Suchandra Ghosh: Viewing our shared past through Buddhist votive tablets across eastern India, Bangladesh and peninsular Thailand10. Yumiko Kamada: Early modern Indian carpets as media for cross-cultural interactionAbout the editors and contributorsIndex