This book shows the ways in which political Islam, from its establishment in medieval north India, adapted itself to a vaiety of Indian contexts and became deeply Indianized.
This process, by which pre-existent Arabo- Persian traditions were moulded to new Indian contexts involved changes in the manner in which Islamic rule was conceived and conducted in the subcontinent. It became gradually apparent to the conquering Muslim sultans ( and later to their successors, the mughals), as well as to medieval thinkers and writers of treatises on Islamic morality, theology and political doctrine, that the conduct of Islamic statecraft in a country comprising mostly Hindus entailed shifts in Islam's conceptual and institutional vocabulary. Islamic rules could not command a vast country without accepting certain cultural limitations to the exercise of their power. In this process of acculturation, political Islam in India was forced to reinvent itself as a doctrine of rule.
Muzaffar Alam Muzaffar Alam, an esteemed historian of India who specializes in Mughal political and institutional history and the history of Indo-Islamic culture, has been named the Carl Darling Buck Professor in South Asian Languages & Civilizations.
His current research includes the history of religious and literary cultures in pre-colonial northern India, the history of Indo-Persian travel accounts and the comparative history of the Islamic world as seen from the Indian perspective.
Alam, who was a fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg, Berlin (2000-2001), edited with Franciose Delvoye and Marc Gaborieau The Making of Indo-Persian Culture: Indian and French Studies (2000). He is the author of The Languages of Political Islam in India, 1200-1800 (2004), and is collaborating with Sanjay Subrahmanyam on the forthcoming Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discovery: 1500-1800, to be published in 2006.