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The Politics of Marriage in Medieval India: Gender and Alliance in Rajasthan

Sabita Singh


This book challenges monolithic cultural constructs and valorization of indigenous society. Marriage being a social act reveals a lot about society and its attitudes. A wide timeframe has been taken as social and cultural history defy a temporal straitjacket. The study of social and cultural history has been related to the political structure. Hence, the process of State formations and the emergence of Rajputs as a ruling clan have been studied. Matrimonial alliances played a crucial role in the formation of medieval polity and society. In the initial stages of State formation, there was an op ... More

Keywords: society, polity, customs, rituals, polygamy, dowry, concubinage, sati, widowhood - remarriage, sexuality, morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199491452
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199491452.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sabita Singh, author
Associate Professor, Department of History, Deshbandhu College, University of Delhi