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Conquest And Community: The Afterlife Of Warrior Saint Ghazi Miyan [Paperback-2016]
Shahid Amin
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Category:History- RegionAsianSouth Asian History-Sah
Publisher: Chicago University Press Usa | ISBN: 9780226372600 | Pages: 0

Few topics in South Asian history are as contentious as that of the Turkic conquest of the Indian subcontinent that began in the twelfth century and led to a long period of Muslim rule. How is a historian supposed to write honestly about the bloody history of the conquest without falling into communitarian traps? Conquest and Community is Shahid Amin s answer. Covering more than eight hundred years of history, the book centers on the enduringly popular saint Ghazi Miyan, a youthful soldier of Islam whose shrines are found all over India. Amin details the warrior saint s legendary exploits, then tracks the many ways he has been commemorated in the centuries since. The intriguing stories, ballads, and proverbs that grew up around Ghazi Miyan were, Amin shows, a way of domesticating the conquest recognizing past conflicts and differences but nevertheless bringing diverse groups together into a community of devotees. What seems at first glance to be the story of one mythical figure becomes an allegory for the history of Hindu-Muslim relations over an astonishingly long period of time, and a timely contribution to current political and historical debates.

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Shahid Amin is former professor of history at the University of Delhi and has also been a visiting fellow at Stanford, Princeton, Columbia, and Chicago. He is the author of Event, Metaphor, Memory: Chauri Chaura 1922 1992.

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