Al-Hind: The Making of Indo Islamic World Volume III: Indo-Islamic Society, 14th-15th Centuries*
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Professor of History, University of Wisconsin.
This third volume of André Wink’s acclaimed and pioneering Al-Hind: The Making of the Indo-Islamic World takes the reader from the late Mongol invasions to the end of the medieval period and the beginning of early modern times in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. It breaks new ground by focusing attention on the role of geography, and more specifically on the interplay of nomadic, settled and maritime societies. In doing so, it presents a picture of the world of India and the Indian Ocean on the eve of the Portuguese discovery of the sea route: a world without stable parameters, of pervasive geophysical change, inchoate and unstable urbanism, highly volatile and itinerant elites of nomadic origin, far-flung merchant diasporas, and a famine and disease prone peasantry whose life was a gamble on the monsoon.
‘…a splendid (and much needed) project which is setting Indian history within a global context and revolutionizing our view of the Indo-Islamic world.’
Peter Jackson, Royal Asiatic Society
* Only for sale in South Asia