Fall 2016

Introduction to Medieval and Early Modern South Asia: From the Delhi Sultanates to Mughal Successor States, 1200-1800 A.D.

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-173  |  History, as HIST-173


Dwaipayan Sen (Section 01)


(Offered as HIST 173 [ASP] and ASLC 173 [SA].) This course introduces major themes and developments in medieval and early modern South Asian history with a focus on the emergence and flourishing of Islamicate regimes in the sub-continent. Commencing with the growth of Islamic polities in South Asia, the course explores the Delhi Sultanates, various syncretistic and devotional sects and movements, the Vijayanagara Empire, and the Mughal Empire, as well as politics, religion, literature, art, architecture, and trade under these formations. Readings are drawn from a variety of both primary and secondary sources and combine perspectives offered by political, social, and cultural history. Challenging both colonialist and nationalist views of this vast period as one of stagnation and tyranny, the course seeks to demonstrate the vitality and dynamism characterizing these centuries of the second millennium. We will therefore lay particular emphasis on the processes of transculturation between the Islamic and Indic distinguishing this period. Two class meetings per week.

Fall semester.  Professor Sen.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2016, Spring 2018, Fall 2023