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The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760 : Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies - Richard Maxwell Eaton

The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760

Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies

Paperback Published: 31st July 1996
ISBN: 9780520205079
Number Of Pages: 388

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In all of the South Asian subcontinent, Bengal was the region most receptive to the Islamic faith. This area today is home to the world's second-largest Muslim ethnic population. How and why did such a large Muslim population emerge there? And how does such a religious conversion take place? Richard Eaton uses archaeological evidence, monuments, narrative histories, poetry, and Mughal administrative documents to trace the long historical encounter between Islamic and Indic civilizations.
Moving from the year 1204, when Persianized Turks from North India annexed the former Hindu states of the lower Ganges delta, to 1760, when the British East India Company rose to political dominance there, Eaton explores these moving frontiers, focusing especially on agrarian growth and religious change.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Note on Translation and Transliteration
Before the Turkish Conquestp. 3
Bengal in Prehistoryp. 3
Easy Indo-Aryan Influence in Bengalp. 6
The Rise of Early Medieval Hindi Culturep. 13
The Diffusion of Bengali Hindu Civilizationp. 17
The Articulation of Political Authorityp. 22
Perso-Islamic Conceptions of Political Authority, Eleventh-Thirteenth Centuriesp. 23
A Province of the Delhi Sultanate, 1204-1342p. 32
The Early Bengal Sultanate, 1342-ca. 1400p. 40
The Rise of Raja Ganesh (ca. 1400-1421)p. 50
Sultan Jalal al-Din Muhammad (1415-32) and His Political Ideologyp. 56
The Indigenization of Royal Authority, 1433-1538p. 63
Summaryp. 69
Early Sufis of the Deltap. 71
The Question of Sufis and Frontier Warfarep. 71
Bengali Sufis and Hindu Thoughtp. 77
Sufis of the Capitalp. 82
Economy, Society, and Culturep. 93
The Political Economy of the Sultanatep. 95
Ashraf and Non-Ashraf Societyp. 97
Hindu Society - Responses to the Conquestp. 102
Hindu Religion - the Siva-Saktap. 103
Hindu Religion - the Vaishnava Complexp. 109
Mass Conversion to Islam: Theories and Protagonistsp. 113
Four Conventional Theories of Islamization in Indiap. 113
Theories of Islamization in Bengalp. 119
The Appearance of a Bengali Muslim Peasantryp. 129
The Rise of Mughal Powerp. 137
The Afghan Age, 1537-1612p. 137
The Early Mughal Experience in Bengal, 1574-1610p. 142
The Consolidation of Mughal Authority, 1610-1704p. 150
Mughal Culture and Its Diffusionp. 159
The Political Basis of Mughal Culture in Bengalp. 159
The Place of Bengal in Mughal Culturep. 167
The Place of Islam in Mughal Culturep. 174
The Administration of Mughal Law - the Villagers' Viewp. 179
West Bengal: The Integration of Imperial Authorityp. 183
The Northern Frontier: Resistance to Imperial Authorityp. 186
East Bengal: Conquest and Culture Changep. 191
Islam and the Agrarian Order in the Eastp. 194
Riverine Changes and Economic Growthp. 194
Charismatic Pioneers on the Agrarian Frontierp. 207
The Religious Gentry in Bakarganj and Dhaka, 1650-1760p. 219
Mosque and Shrine in the Rural Landscapep. 228
The Mughal State and the Agrarian Orderp. 228
The Rural Mosque in Bengali Historyp. 229
The Growth of Mosques and Shrines in Rural Chittagong, 1666-1760p. 234
The Rise of Chittagong's Religious Gentryp. 248
The Religious Gentry of Sylhetp. 258
The Rooting of Islam in Bengalp. 268
Inclusionp. 270
Identificationp. 275
Displacementp. 281
Literacy and Islamizationp. 291
Gender and Islamizationp. 297
Conclusionp. 305
Appendix 1: Mint Towns and Inscription Sites under Muslim Rulers, 1204-1760p. 317
Appendix: 2: Principal Muslim Rulers of Bengalp. 323
Select Bibliographyp. 327
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9780520205079
ISBN-10: 0520205073
Series: Comparative Studies on Muslim Societies
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 31st July 1996
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.69 x 16.46  x 2.49
Weight (kg): 0.59

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