Showing posts with label history. Show all posts
Showing posts with label history. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia

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A Book of Conquest: The Chachnama and Muslim Origins in South Asia
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The question of how Islam arrived in India remains markedly contentious in South Asian politics. Standard accounts center on the Umayyad Caliphate’s incursions into Sind and littoral western India in the eighth century CE. In this telling, Muslims were a foreign presence among native Hindus, sowing the seeds of a mutual animosity that presaged the subcontinent’s partition into Pakistan and India many centuries later.
But in a compelling reexamination of the history of Islam in India, Manan Ahmed Asif directs attention to a thirteenth-century text that tells the story of Chach, the Brahmin ruler of Sind, and his kingdom’s later conquest by the Muslim general Muhammad bin Qasim in 712 CE. The Chachnama has long been a touchstone of Indian history, yet it is seldom studied in its entirety. Asif offers a close and complete analysis of this important text, untangling its various registers and genres in order to reconstruct the political vision at its heart.
Asif challenges the main tenets of the Chachnama’s interpretation: that it is a translation of an earlier Arabic text and that it presents a history of conquest. Debunking both ideas, he demonstrates that the Chachnama was originally Persian and, far from advancing a narrative of imperial aggression, is a subtle and sophisticated work of political theory, one embedded in both the Indic and Islamic ethos. This social and intellectual history of the Chachnama is an important corrective to the divisions between Muslim and Hindu that so often define Pakistani and Indian politics today.





Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press (September 19, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0674660110
ISBN-13: 978-0674660113
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Friday, March 24, 2017

International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond

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International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond
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This hugely successful global history of the twentieth century is written by four prominent international historians for first-year undergraduate level and upward.
Using their thematic and regional expertise, the authors have produced an authoritative yet accessible and seamless account of the history of international relations in the last century, covering events in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. They focus on the history of relations between states and on the broad ideological, economic and cultural forces that have influenced the evolution of international politics over the past one hundred years.
The third edition is thoroughly updated throughout to take account of the most recent research and global developments, and includes a new chapter on the international history of human rights and its advocacy organizations, including NGOs.
Additional new features include:

  • New material on the Arab Spring, including specific focus on Libya and Syria

  • Increased debate on the question of US decline and the rise of China.

  • A timeline to give increased context to those studying the topic for the first time.

  • A fully revised companion website including links to further resources and self-testing material can be found at www.routledge.com/cw/best
Antony Best is Associate Professor in International History at the London School of Economics. Jussi M. Hanhimäki is Professor of International History and Politics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. Joseph A. Maiolo is Professor of International History at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London. Kirsten E. Schulze is Associate Professor in International History at the London School of Economics.




Hardcover: 696 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (19 Dec. 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0415656419
ISBN-13: 978-0415656412
Format: PDF
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Monday, February 27, 2017

Controversies in Contemporary Islam

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This book helps to deepen our understanding of the varieties of contemporary Islam and the issues that are of most concern to Muslims today. Oliver Leaman explores some of the controversies and debates that exist within Islam and between Islam and other religions. He considers how the religion can be defined by looking at the contrast between competing sets of beliefs, and arguments amongst Muslims themselves over the nature of the faith. Areas covered include: Qur’anic interpretation, gender, finance, education, and nationalism. Examples are taken from a range of contexts and illustrate the diversity of approaches to Islam that exists today.







Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Routledge, 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1134499825
ISBN-13:, 9781134499823
Format: PDF
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Monday, February 20, 2017

The anxiety of sameness in early modern Spain (Studies in Early Modern European History MUP) 1st Edition

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This book explores the Spanish elite's fixation on social and racial 'passing' and 'passers', as represented in a wide range of texts. It examines literary and non-literary works produced in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that express the dominant Spaniards' anxiety that socially mobile low-born, Conversos (converted Jews), and Moriscos (converted Muslims) could impersonate and pass for 'pure' Christians like themselves. Ultimately, this book argues that while conspicuous sociocultural and ethnic difference was certainly perturbing and unsettling, in some ways it was not as threatening to the dominant Spanish identity as the potential discovery of the arbitrariness that separated them from the undesirables of society - and therefore the recognition of fundamental sameness.

This fascinating and accessible work will appeal to students of Hispanic studies, European history, cultural studies, Spanish literature and Spanish history.




Series: Studies in Early Modern European History
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press; 1 edition (December 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1784991201
ISBN-13: 978-1784991203
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Landscape, Nature, and the Sacred in Byzantium

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Nature is as much an idea as a physical reality. By 'placing' nature within Byzantine culture and within the discourse of Orthodox Christian thought and practice, Landscape, Nature and the Sacred in Byzantium explores attitudes towards creation that are utterly and fascinatingly different from the modern. Drawing on Patristic writing and on Byzantine literature and art, the book develops a fresh conceptual framework for approaching Byzantine perceptions of space and the environment. It takes readers on an imaginary flight over the Earth and its varied topographies of gardens and wilderness, mountains and caves, rivers and seas, and invites them to shift from the linear time of history to the cyclical time and spaces of the sacred - the time and spaces of eternal returns and revelations.







Length: 307 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 14, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1107139090
ISBN-13: 978-1107139091
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