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After Timur Left: Culture and Circulation in Fifteenth-Century North India

Francesca Orsini and Samira Sheikh


Most people imagine the period between Timur’s sack of Delhi and the arrival of the Mughals to be one of unrelenting darkness and disorder. The first major compendium of essays on the ‘long’ fifteenth century, this book presents a very different picture: one of intense cultural ferment, innovations in literature and language choice, and new forms of religious organization and expression. These cultural developments are set against a backdrop of political transformation. Once Timur returned to Samarkand in 1399, new kings and chieftains jostled for power, making new alliances and calling upon f ... More

Keywords: South Asia, medieval, sultanate, literature, Persian, Sanskrit, Afghans, Jains, bhakti, sufism, Hindi/Hindavi, epics, dictionaries, vernacular, Deccan

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199450664
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199450664.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francesca Orsini, editor
School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Samira Sheikh, editor
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee

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1 Introduction

Francesca Orsini and Samira Sheikh

States, Subjects, and Networks

2 After Timur Left

Simon Digby

Public Languages

6 Local Lexis?

Stefano Pellò

Tellings of Kings, Sufis, and Warriors

Cultural Spaces and Literary Transactions