Workshop 'Serving the Sultan: Religious Diversity in Gujarat under Islamic Rule'

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Alumni , Employees , Private individuals , Students
09-02-2023 09:00 to 10-02-2023 17:00
Indian Languages and Cultures, Department of Languages and Cultures

Hybrid international conference on religious diversity at and around the local Muslim courts in Gujarat [1298-1756].

Throughout history, Gujarat has been a crossroads. In the port cities along the Arabian Sea coast, communities of Jains and Hindus with deep South-Asian roots interacted with more recently settled Arab and Iranian merchants involved in the profitable Indian-Ocean trade. Such cosmopolitan interactions continued when the region came under Islamic domination during the Delhi Sultanate (1298–1407), the Gujarat Sultanate (1407-1573) and the Mughal period (1573-1756). Indeed, religious minorities such as Jains, Vaiṣṇava Hindus, and Parsis were particularly known for their involvement in intellectual, artistic, and literary activities in the region.

This conference brings together specialists from diverse fields (history, philology, study of religion, art) to explore the dynamics of cosmopolitan and courtly life during this period, and the place of religion within it.

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