Spaces and Places in Western India: Formations and Delineations, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Spaces and Places in Western India

Formations and Delineations, 1st Edition

Edited by Bina Sengar, Laurie Hovell McMillin

Routledge India

244 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780815392583
pub: 2019-09-25
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This proposed book examines places and spaces in western India both as geographical locations and imagined constructs. It explores the many ways that spaces in the Maharashtra region have been constructed over time and how these reflect in art and architecture, literature and religious texts, political movements and in creations of identity. Historically, Maharashtra was at the crossroads of cultural connection and has been shaped by the interactions of many people moving through and settling in the region. Consequently, numerous cultural constructions offer rich sites for exploring constructions of space and place, both in historical and contemporary settings. The rich examples analyzed in this volume include, Maratha architecture, Mahanubhav pilgrimage sites, examples of bhakti and Sufi literature, Maharashtrian Sikh identity, and Girgaon, a contested space in Mumbai. Taking a multidimensional approach—engagements from social sciences, humanities, scientific studies pertaining to geography—this book widens the scope of academic discussions on the theme of space and place.

This volume will be useful for scholars and researchers of history, cultural studies, city studies, sociology.

Table of Contents

Part I: Contextualizing spaces and places of literature and art and Maharashtrian culture and its exclusivity through Maratha and Maharashtrian culture, its art and architectural spaces.

1. Continuities and Traces: Early Maratha Architecture and The Deccan Sultanates Pushkar Sohoni

2. Blurred Lines: History, Memory and The Meanings of Maharashtra Daniel Jasper

3. Mapping The Transition of the Land Revenue System in Western India from The Pre-Colonial to The Early Colonial Period Michihiro Ogawa

4. Place and Space in Monetary History of 18th-19th Century Maharashtra: Some Insights Shailendra Bhandare

5. History, Memory, and Meaning at Karla Laurie McMillin

Part II: Spiritual spaces in Maharashtra and Maharashtrian Literature of Bhakti and Sufism

6. The Significance of Place in Mahānubhāv Literature Anne Feldhaus

7. Seven Sufi Brothers: Place and Space-Making in Konkan Deepra Dandekar

8. Emplacing the Holiness: Rural Muslim Religiosity between Vaishnavas, Sufis and Demons Dusan Deak

9. Dakhani Sikhs: Issues of Identity in Maharashtrian Spaces Birinder Pal Singh

Part III: Urban, rural spaces and indigenous spaces in Maharashtrian politics and environment

10. Place of Stones and Place of Flowers: Discourses On Samyukta Maharashtra Rahul Sarwate

11. Girgaon: A Zone Of Politico-Cultural Contestation In Mumbai Aruna Pendse

12. Internet as an Emancipatory Space - Case Study of the Dalits Shraddha Kumbhojkar

13. Creating Spaces for Indigeneity from Nizam’s Hyderabad State to Maharashtra Bina Sengar

14. The Aftermath of Placeless Space: Mapped, Delimited, Bifurcated, Merged. A Phenomena of Dewas S. and Dewas J. Irina Glushkova

About the Editors

Bina Sengar is an Assistant Professor in Department of History and Ancient Indian Culture, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad and presently Fulbright Fellow for year 2018-2019 at Florida International University-Miami. She has published on various themes related to State policy and tribal studies in India. Her recent articles on tribal communities in Western India are; ‘Policies for Ethnic Communities Assimilation In India: A Gandhian Perspective’ Lexington Books, 2018; ‘Trade Routes and Commercial Networks In Deccan-Marathwada During Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century’ Delhi, Primus, 2017, ‘Prospects for Sustainability in Human-Environment Patterns–dynamic management of common resources’ Springer, 2017.

Laurie Hovell McMillin is Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin College (USA). An interest in the construction of place animates her works, English in Tibet, Tibet in English: Self-Presentation in Tibet and the Diaspora (2001) and Buried Indians: Digging up the Past in a Midwestern Town (2006). More recently, her travel writing has appeared on The Lonely Planet Literary Anthology (2016), Travel Writing: Theory and Practice, and other venues. She has researched and traveled in Maharashtra for over 35 years.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Modern / General
HISTORY / Social History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies