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Narrative Pasts Synopsis

Narrative Pasts retrieves the social history of a Muslim community in Gujarat, a region that has one of the earliest records of Muslim presence in the Indian subcontinent. By reconstructing the literary, social and historical world of Sufi preceptors, disciples, and descendants from the fifteenth to the seventeenth century, the book reveals the importance of learned Muslim men in imparting a distinct regional and historical identity to Gujarat. The prominence of Gujarat's maritime location has often oriented the study of Gujarat towards the commercial world of the western Indian Ocean world. Narrative Pasts demonstrates that Gujarat was also an integral part of the historical and narrative processes that shaped medieval and early modern South Asia. Employing new and rarely used literary materials in Persian and Arabic, this book departs from the narrow state-centered visions of the Muslim past and integrates Gujarat's sultanate and Mughal past to the larger socio-cultural histories of Islamic South Asia.

Narrative Pasts Press Reviews

Balachandran's outstanding book brings to light the dense web of relationships-of power, kinship, and memory-that constituted Gujarat's politics...The book will be essential reading for anyone interested in precolonial India, South Asian Islam, or the history of textual transmission.' -Samira Sheikh, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies, Vanderbilt University, USA 'Narrative Pasts is a carefully researched social history of the making of a Muslim community in Gujarat through the 15th-17th centuries...This important intervention provides insights into the processes through which Islam and the Muslim community can be historicised - in Gujarat certainly - but also more universally.' * Sunil Kumar, Professor of History, University of Delhi, India. *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780190123994
Publication date: 28th May 2020
Author: Dr. Jyoti Gulati (Assistant Professor of History, Assistant Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University) Balachandran
Publisher: OUP India
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 248 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, Asian history, Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700,

About Dr. Jyoti Gulati (Assistant Professor of History, Assistant Professor of History, Pennsylvania State University) Balachandran

Jyoti Gulati Balachandran is Assistant Professor of History at Pennsylvania State University. A historian of medieval and early modern (c. 1200-1800) South Asia, Balachandran received her doctoral degree at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is interested in social and cultural histories of Muslim communities in Gujarat and the wider Indian Ocean world. Her research has appeared in the Indian Economic and Social History Review and she has contributed several articles to the third edition of the Encyclopaedia of Islam.

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