Slavery and South Asian History

Slavery and South Asian History

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[W]ill be welcomed by students of comparative slavery.... [It] makes us reconsider the significance of slavery in the subcontinent." -Edward A. Alpers, UCLADespite its pervasive presence in the South Asian past, slavery is largely overlooked in the region's historiography, in part because the forms of bondage in question did not always fit models based on plantation slavery in the Atlantic world. This important volume will contribute to a rethinking of slavery in world history, and even the category of slavery itself. Most slaves in South Asia were not agricultural laborers, but military or domestic workers, and the latter were overwhelmingly women and children. Individuals might become slaves at birth or through capture, sale by relatives, indenture, or as a result of accusations of criminality or inappropriate sexual behavior. For centuries, trade in slaves linked South Asia with Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. The contributors to this collection of original essays describe a wide range of sites and contexts covering more than a thousand years, foregrounding the life stories of individual slaves wherever possible.Contributors are Daud Ali, Indrani Chatterjee, Richard M. Eaton, Michael H. Fisher, Sumit Guha, Peter Jackson, Sunil Kumar, Avril A. Powell, Ramya Sreenivasan, Sylvia Vatuk, and Timothy Walker.
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  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 154.9 x 231.1 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 4 maps
  • 025321873X
  • 9780253218735
  • 1,142,866

About Indrani Chatterjee

Indrani Chatterjee is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University.Richard M. Eaton is Professor of History at the University of Arizona.
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Table of contents

List of MapsPreface and AcknowledgmentsNote on Translation and TransliterationIntroduction Richard M. Eaton1. Renewed and Connected Histories: Slavery and the Historiography of South Asia Indrani Chatterjee2. War, Servitude, and the Imperial Household: A Study of Palace Women in the Chola Empire Daud Ali3. Turkish Slaves on Islam's Indian Frontier Peter Jackson4. Service, Status, and Military Slavery in the Delhi Sultanate: Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries Sunil Kumar5. The Rise and Fall of Military Slavery in the Deccan, 14501650 Richard M. Eaton6. Drudges, Dancing Girls, Concubines: Female Slaves in Rajput Polity, 15001850 Ramya Sreenivasan7. Slavery, Society, and the State in Western India, 17001800 Sumit Guha8. Bound for Britain: Changing Conditions of Servitude, 16001857 Michael H. Fisher9. Bharattee's Death: Domestic Slave-Women in Nineteenth-Century Madras Sylvia Vatuk10. Slaves or Soldiers? African Conscripts in Portuguese India, 18571860 Timothy Walker11. Indian Muslim Modernists and the Issue of Slavery in Islam Avril A. Powell12. Slavery, Semantics, and the Sound of Silence Indrani ChatterjeeList of ContributorsIndex
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"[W]ill be welcomed by students of comparative slavery... [It] makes us reconsider the significance of slavery in the subcontinent." --Edward A. Alpers, UCLA
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