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In Praise of Kings

In Praise of Kings
Rajputs, Sultans and Poets in Fifteenth-century Gujarat


  • Date Published: May 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107153318

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  • In Praise of Kings is a ground breaking study of the long-neglected fifteenth century in South Asian history. Contrary to the conventional focus on the Delhi-centred empires which consider this period as an age of decline, this book illuminates the cultural and political dynamism of the era. It reconstructs the fascinating world of the royal courts of Gujarat, including those of the Rajput chieftains and the regional sultans, through close readings of rarely used literary works in Sanskrit and Gujarati. The book also complicates another popularly held perception: that of Gujarat as the land of traders and merchants. Instead, it shows how Gujarat's warrior past was also integral to this region's identity and history.

    • Explores the role and significance of Sanskrit and other oral traditions in the regional context
    • Presents a pioneering literary history of Gujarat based on rarely used Gujarati and Sanskrit primary sources
    • Retrieves forgotten histories of this socially diverse region
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107153318
    • length: 194 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    A note on transliteration and usage
    1. Setting the stage: contextualising fifteenth-century Gujarat
    2. Raṇmallachanda: a warrior imagined
    3. Gangadhara's oeuvre: cosmopolitan poetry for local kings
    4. Rājavinoda: the sultan as Indic king
    5. Rās Mālā: re-discovering a warrior past

  • Author

    Aparna Kapadia, Williams College, Massachusetts
    Aparna Kapadia teaches History at Williams College, Massachusetts. She writes about the history of Gujarat and Western India, and the cultural and intellectual histories of early modern and modern South Asia. She is the author of several journal articles and co-editor of The Idea of Gujarat: History, Ethnography and Text (2010).

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