The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760
In all of the South Asian subcontinent, Bengal was the region most receptive to the Islamic faith. This area today is home to the world's second-largest Muslim ethnic population. How and why did such a large Muslim population emerge there? And how does such a religious conversion take place? Richard Eaton uses archaeological evidence, monuments, narrative histories, poetry, and Mughal administrative documents to trace the long historical encounter between Islamic and Indic civilizations.
Moving from the year 1204, when Persianized Turks from North India annexed the former Hindu states of the lower Ganges delta, to 1760, when the British East India Company rose to political dominance there, Eaton explores these moving frontiers, focusing especially on agrarian growth and religious change.
What people are saying - Write a review
User Review - Flag as inappropriate
Provides an exhaustive and comprehensive overview of the political, economic, religious and cultural considerations surrounding the rise of Islam in eastern Bengal. A dense read, but very informative for students of the subject.
Other editions - View all
agrarian al-Din Allah already appear Arabic associated authority Bangladesh became become Bengal Book Brahmans built Calcutta capital central century Chittagong civilization clearing coins communities conquest continued conversion court cult cultivation culture dated Delhi delta described Dhaka District dynasty early East eastern established evidence followed forces forest frontier given goddess governor grants hand Hindu History holy Ibid identified imperial included India indigenous inscription institutions Islam Jalal jungle Khan king land late later means mosque Mughal Muhammad Muslim North noted officers original Pandua patronage patronized peasant period Persian persons political population Press Raja Rajshahi recorded reference region religion religious rice ritual River rule rulers rural saint Shah Shaikh shrine sixteenth social society Studies Sufi suggests Sultan Sylhet temples tion tradition trans translation Travels Turkish University village western wrote