HIS 346D • MEDIEVAL INDIA
This course covers the history and culture of South Asia from approximately 550 to 1550. It will emphasize the dynamic aspects of middle-period India, as regional states and cultures emerged throughout the subcontinent and Indic and Islamic peoples came into contact. Topics to be examined include the structure of early medieval Indian states, the literature and art of devotional Hinduism (bhakti), the role of Hindu temples in medieval society, variations in the development of regional cultures, the growing impact of Islamic polities and culture from 1200 onward, and the culture of warrior elites in the subcontinent.
Various aspects of student performance will be weighted as listed below in determining the final grade for the course: 4 essays on readings (500 words apiece) 20% 1 set of discussion questions with justifications 10% midterm examination 30% final examination 35% attendance & participation 5%
to be purchased at the University Co-op (also on reserve at PCL): 1) Alain Danielou trans., Shilappadikaram (The Ankle Bracelet) 2) Barbara Stoler Miller trans., Gitagovinda of Jayadeva to be downloaded from Blackboard: 3) Romila Thapar, A History of India vol. 1, chaps. 7-11 (also on reserve at PCL) 4) C. Asher & C. Talbot, India before Europe, chaps. 2-4 (also on reserve at PCL) 5) V. S. Bhatnagar trans., Padmanabha's Kanhadade Prabandha (also on reserve at PCL) 6) excerpts from Xuanzang's Si-yu-ki, Lekhapaddhati, Amir Khusraus Khazain al-Futuh, travel accounts of Abdul Razzaq and Domingo Paes