Turks in the Indian Subcontinent, Central and West Asia: The Turkish Presence in the Islamic World

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EditorIsmail Poonawala

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Unbeknownst to some, Turkish rulers and military commanders dominated vast stretches of Islamic lands for almost a millennium until the beginning of the twentieth century. The papers presented in this volume were delivered at a prestigious Conference in Islamic Studies by some of the finestscholars on Islamic history. From their respective areas of specialization, these scholars reassess the contribution of the Turks in the shaping of the Islamic world and its civilization. The essays are organized into five themes. The first concerns the emergence of the Turks in the Islamic world. Here, the papers move beyond the conventional frames of reference, and investigate issues of identity, consciousness and historical memory among the Turks once they entered the Islamicfold. The second deals with the Seljuq architecture and educational system which reveals the Islamic world as an integrated entity. The third the Turks in the Indian subcontinent addresses neglected themes in Mughal historiography. The fourth scrutinizes the contribution of the Turks in the fieldof cartography and geography. The final essay re-examines the rise of the Safavids in light of new evidence.

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Unbeknownst to some, Turkish rulers and military commanders dominated vast stretches of Islamic lands for almost a millennium until the beginning of the twentieth century. The papers presented in this volume were delivered at a prestigious Conference in Islamic Studies by some of the finestscholars on Islamic history. From their respec...

Ismail Kurban Husein Poonawala is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, University of California at Los Angeles.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:220 pagesPublished:March 16, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198092202

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Note on transliterationAbbreviations for PeriodicalsNotes on the contributorsISMAIL K. POONAWALA: PrefaceISMAIL K. POONAWALA: IntroductionPart I: Cultural changes among the Turks and their emergence in the Islamic world1. PETER B. GOLDEN: Eternal Stones: Historical memory and notions of history among the early Turkic peoples2. GARY LEISER: The Waqf as an instrument of cultural transformation in Seljuq Anatolia3. CLIFFORD EDMUND BOSWORTH: The appearance of the Turks in the Islamic worldPart II: The Seljuqs and their legacy4. ROBERT HILLENBRAND: Brick versus stone: Seljuq architecture in Iran and Anatolia5. CAROLE HILLENBRAND: The Nizamiyya madrasasPart III: The Turks in the Indian Subcontinent6. SUNIL KUMAR: Trans-regional contacts and relationships: Turks, Mongols and the Delhi Sultanate in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries7. FRANCIS ROBINSON: The Great Mughals: Relationships, emotions and monuments8. PERI BENEDEK: Turkish language and literature in Medieval and early modern IndiaPart IV: Turkish achievements in cartography and geography9. SVAT SOUCEK: Piri Reis as a Renaissance Ottoman Turk10. ROBERT DANKOFF: Evliya Celebis expeditions on the NilePart V: Turkish connection of the Safavids11. ALI ANOOSHAHR: Revisiting Safavid origins in light of some contemporary documentsIndex