This important volume prepared under the auspices of The Project of History of Indian Science, Philosophy and Culture makes an attempt to fill a serious lacuna by providing a comprehensive look at the social history within the larger parameters of state and society: state forms and patronage, demographic distribution, societal organisation, slavery, social change, gender relations, and urbanization. This is also a truly pan-Indian volume on medieval Indian history as it looks at state forms and social organizations among the Cholas, the Delhi Sultante, the Sultante of Bengal, Himachal, Kumaon and Garhwal, medieval Rajasthanm the Vijayanagar State, Kerala, the Mughal Empire, Marahastra, and the Punjab. The contributors include eminent medievalist historians such as Ifran Habib, Iqtidar Alam Khan, Kesavan Velhthat, Shireen Moosvi, Satish Chandra, kumkum Sangari, Indu Banga, and Y.Subbarayalu. The essays highlight the importance of the medieval period in Inidan history paying particular attention to the political, economic and social aspects. This is a comprehensive reference source on medieval Indian history which will be used by all students working on that period.
Graduate and undergraduate students of early medieval and Mughal Indian history, scholars interested in the social, economic, and political aspects of medieval India, libraries, institutions, and government departments
J. S. Grewal a former Professor and Vice Chancellor, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and Director and later Chairman, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, has written extensively on historiography, medieval India, and the Punjab and Sikh history. His books by the Oxford University Press are Muslim Rule in India: The Assessments of British Historians (1970), The State and Society in Medieval India (ed. 2005), Religious Movements and Institutions in Medieval India (ed. 2006), and The Sikhs: Ideology, Institutions, and Identity (2009).