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

Hardcover | February 16, 2017

EditorIsmail Poonawala

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For almost a millennium until the beginning of the twentieth century, Turkish rulers and military commanders controlled vast stretches of Islamic lands. While these rulers dominated lands far and wide - from Algeria in the west to Bengal in the east, reaching up to the Volga region in thenorth and Yemen in the south - Turkish scholars, theologians, jurists, poets, and other literary figures significantly influenced the Islamic world and its culture. Highlighting the political and cultural history of the Turks - not only within the context of the Indian subcontinent, where they laid the foundation of one of the world's biggest empires in the form of the Mughal Empire, but also within the context of Central and West Asia - this outstanding workof collective scholarship moves beyond conventional frames of reference and reassesses the contribution of Turks in the shaping of the Islamic world and its civilization. With contributions from some of the most noted scholars on Islamic history, the essays in this volume throw light on neglected themes such as the cultural changes among the Turks and their emergence in the Islamic world; their contributions in the fields of cartography and geography; Seljuqarchitecture and educational system; and the rise of the Safavids and the role of the Turks in the success of their military campaigns.

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For almost a millennium until the beginning of the twentieth century, Turkish rulers and military commanders controlled vast stretches of Islamic lands. While these rulers dominated lands far and wide - from Algeria in the west to Bengal in the east, reaching up to the Volga region in thenorth and Yemen in the south - Turkish scholars,...

Ismail K. Poonawala is professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. A specialist in Isma'ili studies, he is the author of Biobibliography of Isma'ili Literature (1977) and editor of several Isma'ili texts. He has also translated with annotations, Volume IX of Tabari's history, entitled The Last ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:February 16, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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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