Covering the history of medieval and early modern India, from the eighth to the eighteenth centuries, this volume is part of a new series of collections of essays publishing current research on all aspects of polity, society, economy, religion and culture. The thematically organized volumes will particularly serve as a platform for younger scholars to showcase their new research and, thus, reflect current thrusts in the study of the period. Established experts in their specialized fields are also being invited to share their work and provide perspectives. The geographical limits will be historic India, roughly corresponding to modern South Asia and the adjoining regions.
Chapters in the current volume cover a wide variety of connected themes of crucial importance to the understanding of literary and historical traditions, religious practices and encounters as well as intermingling of religion and politics over a long period in Indian history. The contributors to the volume comprise some fine historians working from institutions across South Asia, Europe and the United States: Matthew Clark, David Curley, Mridula Jha, Sudeshna Purkayastha, Sandhya Sharma, and Mikko Viitamäki.
Introduction (Raziuddin Aquil and David L. Curley) 1. Sufi Attitudes toward Homosexuality: Chishti Perspectives from South Asia (Scott Kugle) 2. Religious Sects, Syncretism, and Claims of Antiquity: The Dashanami-Sannyasis and South-Asian Sufis (Matthew Clark ) 3. Mingling of the Oceans: A Journey Through the Works of Dara Shikuh (Mridula Jha) 4. Contested Religious Identities in Prannathi Textual Discourses during the Reign of Emperor Aurangzeb (Sandhya Sharma) 5. Ballads, Public Memory, and History in the Littoral Zone of Eastern Bengal (David L. Curley) 6. The Story of Jayamati’s Humiliation and Death: Reworking of the Indigenous Sources in Assamese Historiography of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Sudeshna Purkayastha) 7. Retelling Medieval History for Twentieth-Century Readers: Encounter of a Hindu Prince and a Sufi Master in Khwaja Hasan Nizami’s Nizami Bansuri (Mikko Viitamäki)