Negotiating Cultural Identity: Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History, 2nd Edition (Hardback) book cover

Negotiating Cultural Identity

Landscapes in Early Medieval South Asian History, 2nd Edition

Edited by Himanshu Prabha Ray

Routledge India

296 pages | 49 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367222727
pub: 2019-07-19
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This volume breaks new ground by conceptualizing landscape as a dynamic cultural complex in which the natural world and human practice are inextricably linked and are constantly interacting. It examines the social and cultural construction of space in the early medieval period in South Asia, as manifest in society, religion and as shaped through trade and economic transactions. The work will be especially useful to scholars and researchers of archaeology, social history, art history and anthropology.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Part 1: The Archaeology of Space 1. India Cartographica: Some Roman Sightings Grant Parker 2. Cartography and Cultural Encounter: Conceptualisation of al-Hind by Arabic and Persian Writers from the 9th to 11th Century ce Noemie Verdon 3. Self, Other and the Use and Appropriation of Late Roman Coins in South India and Sri Lanka (4th–8th Centuries ce) Rebecca Darley Part 2: Defining Cultural Landscapes 4. Sacred Spaces of the Middle Ganga Valley: A Case Study of Varanasi Vidula Jayaswal 5. Transforming the Landscape: Questions of Medieval Reuse and Worship at Ancient Jain Rock-Cut Sites near Madurai Lisa N. Owen 6. Of Saffron, Snow, and Spirituality: Glimpses of Cultural Geography in the Rajatarangini Shonaleeka Kaul 7. ‘Space for Change’: Reviewing ‘Paucity of Coins’ in Early Medieval India with Regard to Data, Methodology and Interpretation Shailendra Bhandare 8. Colonial Imagination and Identity Attribution: Numismatic Cues for Defining Space Mamta Dwivedi 9. Shrines as ‘Monuments’: Issues of Classification, Custody and Conflict in Orissa Umakanta Mishra 10. Continuity and Change in the Sacred Landscape of the Buddhist Site of Udayagiri, Odisha Umakanta Mishra

About the Editor

Himanshu Prabha Ray is Honorary Professor of the Distant Worlds Programme, Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. She is former Chairperson, National Monuments Authority, Ministry of Culture in New Delhi, India, and former Professor in the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India. Her research interests include Maritime History and Archaeology of the Indian Ocean, the History of Archaeology in South and Southeast Asia and the Archaeology of Religion in Asia. Her recent books include Archaeology and Buddhism in South Asia (2018), Buddhism and Gandhara: An Archaeology of Museum Collections (ed. 2018), The Archaeology of Sacred Spaces: The Temple in Western India, 2nd century BCE to 8th century CE (with Susan Verma Mishra, 2017), The Return of the Buddha: Ancient Symbols for a New Nation (2014) and The Archaeology of Seafaring in Ancient South Asia (2003). Her edited volumes include Bridging the Gulf: Maritime Cultural Heritage of the Western Indian Ocean (2016), Indian World Heritage Sites in Context (2014), The Sea, Identity and History: From the Bay of Bengal to the South China Sea (with Satish Chandra, 2013).

About the Series

Archaeology and Religion in South Asia

This Series, in association with the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, reflects on the complex relationship between religion and society through new perspectives and advances in archaeology. It looks at this critical interface to provide alternative understandings of communities, beliefs, cultural systems, sacred sites, ritual practices, food habits, dietary modifications, power, and agents of political legitimisation. The books in the Series underline the importance of archaeological evidence in the production of knowledge of the past. They also emphasise that a systematic study of religion requires engagement with a diverse range of sources such as inscriptions, iconography, numismatics and architectural remains.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies