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About the Book

 

The period spanning 600 AD to 1750 AD is perceived as the long phase of India’s transition from the ancient to the immediately pre-colonial times. The book tells the story of medieval India, a defining and eventful chapter in the making of its cultural and political history. It is a period marked by a multiplicity of states, spread of urbanisation, foreign invasions, growth of science and technology, achievements in literature and philosophy as well as condition of the subcontinent . Drawing upon primary materials, archival records, historical narratives and accounts of travellers and European commercial records, the book is an authoritative introduction to this era.

 

About the Author

 

Irfan Habib (b. 1931) is widely regarded as one of the foremost historians of medieval India and of the Marxist school. Habib’s work straddles diverse areas from historical geography to the impact of colonialism on India to exploring its medieval administrative and economic history. Among his notable books are The Agrarian System of Mughal Empire. He was professor of History at he Aligarh Muslim University from 1969 to 1991. Habib was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and conferred emeritus status by the AMU in 2007.

 

Preface

 

This book has been written for the National Book Trust, India, at the instance of its Chairman, Professor Bipan Chandra, who held that a survey of the medieval Indian Civilization was needed to fill a void in the Trust's publication programme. He has also kindly taken much interest in the progress of the work.

 

The book aims at covering the aspects usually included in culture, such as political organization, religion, art and learning; it also lays stress on social structures, economy and technology, which often receive less than adequate coverage in conventional surveys. Owing to the long period being studied, the subject is treated in three phases, respectively spanning AD 600-1200, 1200-1500 and 1500-1750. It will be seen that the last phase claims the bulk of the space, some 60 per cent of the total. This is not only because these two and a half centuries, being nearest to us, should be of greater interest to us, but also because, owing to the large amount of primary materials, archival records, extensive historical narratives, an enormous number of books surviving in manuscript, accounts of foreign travellers and European commercial records, we know much more about these centuries than for the entire preceding millennium. This enables us to treat various aspects of this period in detail and depth that is not possible for any earlier period. It seemed to me that in such circumstances any attempt to apportion space mechanically in accordance with the number of centuries surveyed, would be artificial and unreasonable: it has seemed best to write more on what we know more about.

 

The system of transliteration, in the case of Sanskrit and Prakrit-derived languages, follows the one adopted in the Epigraphia Indica, with the difference that 'sh' and 'sh' represent '8' and 'sh' of the latter; and 'ri' is used for 'r'. The reader is reminded that in the Epigraphia Indica, as here, 'ch' and 'chh' represent 'c' and 'ch' of the conventional system. In transliterating Persian and Arabic words, the system used in the Steingass Persian-English Dictionary is broadly employed. In representing words of pre-Hindi dialects, the short vowel 'a' at the end of the words is omitted: so Ramcharitmanas, not Ramacharitamanasa. Hopefully, these attempts to bring transliteration closer to how the words are actually pronounced will be acceptable to most readers.

 

Professor Sayera I. Habib has vetted the entire text, making numerous corrections of both language and substance, for which I am naturally most grateful. On matters relating to Sanskrit / Apabhramsha scientific writing Professor S.R. Sarma let me draw freely upon his immense knowledge of the field. Professor Pushpa Prasad kindly let me see her annotated translation of the Lekhapaddhati, the unique collection of documents of pre- Sultanate Gujarat, while her work was still to come off the press. Discussions with Professor Iqtidar Alam Khan, Professor Shireen Moosvi, and other colleagues at Aligarh have helped me to look at aspects of culture which I may have otherwise missed. To Professor Moosvi, Secretary, Aligarh Historians Society, thanks are also due for making available the Society's facilities for the computer-processing of the text, and for help in ensuring both punctuality and accuracy. My son, Faiz Habib, has drawn the maps for this volume, adding thereby to his long list of historical maps.

I am grateful to Mr. Muneeruddin Khan for preparing the text on the computer, and for patiently incorporating all the changes I went on making from time to time.

 

In preparing parts of the text of this book I have taken the liberty of drawing upon some drafts of chapters I had prepared for the UNESCO's History of Humanity, Vols. 4 and 5, where they could only appear in summary form. Much, of course, has been rewritten and further elaborated.

 

I am beholden to Mr Binny Kurian, NBT, for letting me make so many changes after the submission of the initial text.

 

Contents

 

 

Preface

vii

 

PART 1: EARLY MEDIEVAL INDIA, 600-1200

 

1.

'Indian Feudalism'

3

2.

Technology

12

3.

Science

19

4.

Religion

25

5.

Literature

36

6.

Art

41

 

PART 2: INDIA UNDER THE SULTANATES, 1200-1500

 

1.

Polity, Economy, Society

57

2.

Technology

66

3.

Science and Learning

74

4.

Religion

81

5.

Literature

91

6.

Art

96

 

PART 3: MUGHAL INDIA, 1500-1750

 

1.

The Mughal Empire

111

2.

Economy

131

3.

Social Structure

151

4.

Religion

169

5.

Science And Technology

197

6.

Literature

212

7.

Fine Arts

227

8.

Living in Mughal Times

247

 

Bibliography

261

 

Index

275

 

 

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About the Book

 

The period spanning 600 AD to 1750 AD is perceived as the long phase of India’s transition from the ancient to the immediately pre-colonial times. The book tells the story of medieval India, a defining and eventful chapter in the making of its cultural and political history. It is a period marked by a multiplicity of states, spread of urbanisation, foreign invasions, growth of science and technology, achievements in literature and philosophy as well as condition of the subcontinent . Drawing upon primary materials, archival records, historical narratives and accounts of travellers and European commercial records, the book is an authoritative introduction to this era.

 

About the Author

 

Irfan Habib (b. 1931) is widely regarded as one of the foremost historians of medieval India and of the Marxist school. Habib’s work straddles diverse areas from historical geography to the impact of colonialism on India to exploring its medieval administrative and economic history. Among his notable books are The Agrarian System of Mughal Empire. He was professor of History at he Aligarh Muslim University from 1969 to 1991. Habib was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2005 and conferred emeritus status by the AMU in 2007.

 

Preface

 

This book has been written for the National Book Trust, India, at the instance of its Chairman, Professor Bipan Chandra, who held that a survey of the medieval Indian Civilization was needed to fill a void in the Trust's publication programme. He has also kindly taken much interest in the progress of the work.

 

The book aims at covering the aspects usually included in culture, such as political organization, religion, art and learning; it also lays stress on social structures, economy and technology, which often receive less than adequate coverage in conventional surveys. Owing to the long period being studied, the subject is treated in three phases, respectively spanning AD 600-1200, 1200-1500 and 1500-1750. It will be seen that the last phase claims the bulk of the space, some 60 per cent of the total. This is not only because these two and a half centuries, being nearest to us, should be of greater interest to us, but also because, owing to the large amount of primary materials, archival records, extensive historical narratives, an enormous number of books surviving in manuscript, accounts of foreign travellers and European commercial records, we know much more about these centuries than for the entire preceding millennium. This enables us to treat various aspects of this period in detail and depth that is not possible for any earlier period. It seemed to me that in such circumstances any attempt to apportion space mechanically in accordance with the number of centuries surveyed, would be artificial and unreasonable: it has seemed best to write more on what we know more about.

 

The system of transliteration, in the case of Sanskrit and Prakrit-derived languages, follows the one adopted in the Epigraphia Indica, with the difference that 'sh' and 'sh' represent '8' and 'sh' of the latter; and 'ri' is used for 'r'. The reader is reminded that in the Epigraphia Indica, as here, 'ch' and 'chh' represent 'c' and 'ch' of the conventional system. In transliterating Persian and Arabic words, the system used in the Steingass Persian-English Dictionary is broadly employed. In representing words of pre-Hindi dialects, the short vowel 'a' at the end of the words is omitted: so Ramcharitmanas, not Ramacharitamanasa. Hopefully, these attempts to bring transliteration closer to how the words are actually pronounced will be acceptable to most readers.

 

Professor Sayera I. Habib has vetted the entire text, making numerous corrections of both language and substance, for which I am naturally most grateful. On matters relating to Sanskrit / Apabhramsha scientific writing Professor S.R. Sarma let me draw freely upon his immense knowledge of the field. Professor Pushpa Prasad kindly let me see her annotated translation of the Lekhapaddhati, the unique collection of documents of pre- Sultanate Gujarat, while her work was still to come off the press. Discussions with Professor Iqtidar Alam Khan, Professor Shireen Moosvi, and other colleagues at Aligarh have helped me to look at aspects of culture which I may have otherwise missed. To Professor Moosvi, Secretary, Aligarh Historians Society, thanks are also due for making available the Society's facilities for the computer-processing of the text, and for help in ensuring both punctuality and accuracy. My son, Faiz Habib, has drawn the maps for this volume, adding thereby to his long list of historical maps.

I am grateful to Mr. Muneeruddin Khan for preparing the text on the computer, and for patiently incorporating all the changes I went on making from time to time.

 

In preparing parts of the text of this book I have taken the liberty of drawing upon some drafts of chapters I had prepared for the UNESCO's History of Humanity, Vols. 4 and 5, where they could only appear in summary form. Much, of course, has been rewritten and further elaborated.

 

I am beholden to Mr Binny Kurian, NBT, for letting me make so many changes after the submission of the initial text.

 

Contents

 

 

Preface

vii

 

PART 1: EARLY MEDIEVAL INDIA, 600-1200

 

1.

'Indian Feudalism'

3

2.

Technology

12

3.

Science

19

4.

Religion

25

5.

Literature

36

6.

Art

41

 

PART 2: INDIA UNDER THE SULTANATES, 1200-1500

 

1.

Polity, Economy, Society

57

2.

Technology

66

3.

Science and Learning

74

4.

Religion

81

5.

Literature

91

6.

Art

96

 

PART 3: MUGHAL INDIA, 1500-1750

 

1.

The Mughal Empire

111

2.

Economy

131

3.

Social Structure

151

4.

Religion

169

5.

Science And Technology

197

6.

Literature

212

7.

Fine Arts

227

8.

Living in Mughal Times

247

 

Bibliography

261

 

Index

275

 

 

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