Work Dr. Azad’s presentation demonstrated one of the “through lines” of our class this quarter, namely the advantages and disadvantages of spatial and temp
Work Dr. Azad’s presentation demonstrated one of the “through lines” of our class this quarter, namely the advantages and disadvantages of spatial and temporal location, and the pivotal position of the “Medieval” – for better or worse! – in the Indic world. She focused on the historical interpretations of the Barmakids as archetypal figures of great wealth, learning, and statesmanship – located at the interstices between South and West Asia and serving as conduits between these regions’ cultural spheres.
In light of Dr. Azad’s presentation, write a course description for Medieval in South Asia, specifying the centuries and regions covered. (As an example, this course’s description can be found on the home page.) Select THREE images from the Topic Images ONLY, with at least ONE from Topic 6, and apply your description to each of them to demonstrate its ability to elucidate multiple aspects of the objects/buildings.
** Full sentences ONLY [no bullet points!].
**600-650 WORDS – include word count This course will ask a fundamental question: Is the concept of the “Medieval,” a European periodization disseminated to many global regions, applicable to the study of South Asia (India, Pakistan, Afghanistan (east), Bangladesh and Sri Lanka)? In the process, we will become familiar with the world’s great religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism and Islam and their artistic traditions, challenging modern notions of religious and national identities. We will engage with the Guptas and their impacts in South Asia, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia) and China. We will also examine pre-modern globalization throughout the Indian Ocean – of which the Jami’ Mosque complex of Khambhat (pictured here and on campus) is an enduring monument. We will experience the incorporation of South Asia within the Perso-Islamic world via the Islamic Sultanates of the twelfth-fifteenth centuries, and interrogate whether the magnificence of the Mughal Empire (1526-1857) was “Medieval.”