Forging a Region: Sultans, Traders, and Pilgrims in Gujarat, 1200-1500

Hardcover | September 1, 2009

bySamira Sheikh

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This volume explores the emergence of Gujarat over three centuries in terms of its political, economic and religious landscape. It also analyses the linguistic and cultural foundations of the formation of the region and its history. It examines how the political scenario was differentiated bya variety of religious and sectarian groups competing for resources and legitimization. The book maps immigration and settlement, struggles over territory, and the evolving networks of trade in response to the strictures imposed by the environment, the climate, and natural resources. Sheikh arguesthat itinerancy and mobility were crucial to the polity under study and that the patterns of political formation were related to the tension between mobility and sedentarization. She engages with the current debates and conceptions regarding the study of regional histories.

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This volume explores the emergence of Gujarat over three centuries in terms of its political, economic and religious landscape. It also analyses the linguistic and cultural foundations of the formation of the region and its history. It examines how the political scenario was differentiated bya variety of religious and sectarian groups ...

Samira Sheikh works at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019806019X

ISBN - 13:9780198060192

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgementsIntroduction1. The Regions of Gujarat, c. 100-12002. Settlement and authority in eastern Gujarat, c. 1250-15003. Pastoralism, trade and settlement in Saurashtra and Kachchh, c.1200-15004. Religion, politics and patronage in a settling society5. Court and state: evolution of a regional consensus, c. 1390-1511ConclusionBibliographyIndex