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Muslim Civilization in India

Muslim Civilization in India

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Muslim Civilization in India
 S. M. Ikram
 edited by
Ainslie T. Embree
  New York: Columbia University Press, 1964(presented here through the generous permissionof Columbia University Press)
Part One: The Early Invasions and the DelhiSultanate, 712-1526
Part Two: The Mughal Period, 1526-1858
The Study of Muslims in SouthAsia
 by Barbara D. Metcal
 a talk at the University of California at Santa BarbaraDecember 2, 2005[presented here through the generous permission of the author]In talking about the study of Muslims in South Asia on the part of recent generations of scholars, I want to illustrate one theme, in part byfocusing on the kind of sources that scholars have used over time. Myvery use of the word “sources” with Ainslie [[Embree]] in the room, of course, immediately leads one to think of him and, in general, of Columbia’s enormous influence on the humanities fields of South AsianStudies through their editions of “Sources” of Asian traditions. IndeedAinslie himself edited the first volume of the second edition of 
Sourcesof Indian Traditions
(New York: Columbia University Press, 1988), onethat probably all of us here have used in our teaching. Noting that thenew edition was an “improved” version, Bob Frykenberg, writing in1988, spoke for many when he said, “For over thirty years, anyoneseriously interested in India has always had to keep a copy of this classicwithin arm's reach.
Sources of Indian Tradition
is so useful – as areference work, sourcebook, or textbook – that it has been indispensableto scholars all over the world.” That “thirty” is now well on its way to“fifty.” Ainslie in fact was also key to putting another importantsource,
 Alberuni's India
(New York: Norton), an edited version of Sachau's translation, into American classrooms in 1971, also early on.And his encouragement and editing of a one-volume version of ShaikhMuhammad Ikram’s three-volume Urdu trilogy, published as
MuslimCivilization in India
, again was an invaluable resource, particularly inthe early years – this was 1964 – when the study of India was just takingoff in this country. And these three are not the only relevant sourcecollections he has been involved in, I might add.What is significant about these volumes and their approach to thestudy of Islam in India? Ikram himself struck several important themesin the preface to his own early volume. First, he rightly noted, a

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