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Delhi Sultanate : Urbanization and Social Change

Iqtidar Husain Siddiqui

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ISBN 10: 8130910144 / ISBN 13: 9788130910147
Published by Viva Books, 2010
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Contents Introduction 1 The Delhi Sultanate Political Economy and Public Welfare 2 The Process of Urbanization 3 Economy and Trade 4 Food and Its Socio-Cultural Significance 5 Pyrotechnics and the Growth of Firearms 6 Social Mobility and Emergence of New Social Groups 7 Scientific developments in the Delhi Sultanate 8 The Teaching Tradition 9 The Literary Tradition 10 Syncretic Tradition Translation of Arabic and Sanskrit Classics into Persian 11 The City of Kalpi?Breaking the conventional belief that urbanization was shaped solely by economic factors Delhi Sultanate seeks to highlight social and cultural processes that accompanied economic changes thereby transforming little-known trading towns into full-fledged centres of learning and culture IH Siddiqui draws on a rich corpus of Persian sources to establish links between economic change and changes in language literature teaching book trade and even pyrotechnics Delving into unconventional markers of change like food makes the work interesting and informative The case study of the city of Kalpi is valuable for it outlines the political social and cultural ramifications brought by its transformation into an urban city Modern scholars have studied the political history of the Delhi Sultanate in detail since the colonial period However its cultural splendour has not received adequate attention although the standards set during the Delhi Sultanate period in arts architecture literature and its currency retained their appeal and provided a reference point to the Mughals The author probes into the complex socio-cultural phenomena and uses his analysis to unravel less- known aspects of the Sultanate political economy the process of urbanization economy and trade and their impact on society Besides new professions that flourished as well as scientific developments teaching and literary traditions that led to social change and enhanced social mobility are discussed in detail His exposition of the social and economic role of the bazaars and urban centres in general and in the metropolis of Delhi in particular is a valuable contribution to our understanding of the history and composite culture that developed during the Delhi Sultanate period 252 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 90933

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