The Cultures of History in Early Modern India: Persianization and Mughal Culture in Bengal
The book addresses an extremely important question, namely, the nature of "history" writing in precolonial India. It is anchored by two themes: a study of historical traditions in early modern India, specifically, in Bengal during the 17th and 18th centuries and secondly, a study of Mughal political culture as manifest in the cultures of history-writing in Bengal. The second theme of the book also touches upon the topic of the interaction between Islamicate cultural traditions in the South Asian sub-continent with Indic, vernacular traditions.
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The Genealogical Tradition
Performance Narratives and the Mughal Factor
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accounts administrative Akbar ancient Annadamangala aristocracy associated authors Bandyopadhyaya Bangla Bangla Sahityer Itihasa Barendra Bargis Bengal tarikhs Bengali Language Bengali Literature Bengali prose Bharatchandra Brahmins Calcutta Chakrabarty Chapter chronicles colonial Company's composed courtly Delhi despotism Dhaka discussed early modern Bengal East India Company eighteenth century example genealogies Ghulam Hussain Salim Ghulam Hussain Tabatabai Hindu History of Bengal Ibid imperial Indo-Persian Islamic Itihasa jatis Kayastha Khan kings kulagranthas kulajis kulina Kumar language lineages literary culture Maharaja Krishnachandra Maharashtapurana Majumdar Mangalkavyas mansabdars materials medieval Mrityunjoy Bidyalankar Mughal emperor Mughal empire Mughal political Mughal rule Murshidabad Muslim nineteenth century period Persian language Persian tarikhs Persianized culture political culture Pratapaditya Charitra pre-modern Purana Raja Pratapaditya Rajabali Rajiblochan Ramram Basu Rarhiya regime region reigns rulers Sanskrit Sarkar scholars seventeenth and eighteenth Sheldon Pollock social society South Asia Studies Subrahmanyam sultanate tarikh tradition tarikh writers texts vernacular writing zamindars