The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760
University of California Press, 1996 M07 31 - 359 pages
In all of the South Asian subcontinent, Bengal was the region most receptive to the Islamic faith. This area today is home to the world's second-largest Muslim ethnic population. How and why did such a large Muslim population emerge there? And how does such a religious conversion take place? Richard Eaton uses archaeological evidence, monuments, narrative histories, poetry, and Mughal administrative documents to trace the long historical encounter between Islamic and Indic civilizations.
Moving from the year 1204, when Persianized Turks from North India annexed the former Hindu states of the lower Ganges delta, to 1760, when the British East India Company rose to political dominance there, Eaton explores these moving frontiers, focusing especially on agrarian growth and religious change.
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Provides an exhaustive and comprehensive overview of the political, economic, religious and cultural considerations surrounding the rise of Islam in eastern Bengal. A dense read, but very informative for students of the subject.
PART ONE BENGAL UNDER THE SULTANS
The Articulation of Political Authority
Early Sufis of the Delta
Theories and Protagonists
PART TWO BENGAL UNDER THE MUGHALS
Mughal Culture and Its Diffusion
Islam and the Agrarian Order in the East
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