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1 Seema Alavi
Islam and Healing: Loss and Recovery of an Indo-Muslim Medical Tradition
Permanent Black; New Delhi, India; 2007; 8178241951 / 9788178241951; First Edition; Hardcover; New; New; 
Indo-Muslim medicineóor the Unani traditionódeveloped in South Asia alongside Mughal political culture. While it healed the body, it also had a profound bearing on the social fabric of the region. Seema Alaviís book shows the nature and extent of this Islamic healing traditionís interaction with Indian society and politics from roughly 1600 to 1900. Drawing on Persian texts for the pre-colonial phase, Alavi then moves beyond the standard colonial archive to deploy unused Urdu texts, pamphlets, local newspapers, and private family records. The result is a substantial revision of the existing historiography of Indian Islamís encounter with Western medicine. This book represents, in fact, the first major effort at telling the story of an Islamic healing tradition and its subsequent transformation by locating it within both pre-colonial and colonial time frames. Alavi shows precisely how, in the period of high colonialism, established practitioners kept their tradition alive. Their struggles to preserve and recast the Mughal legacy, control knowledge, and consolidate doctrinaire languages of power when confronting print culture and Western education are compellingly documented and analysed. Without disprivileging the state, she demonstrates how an in-house struggle for hegemony can be as potent as external power during processes that define medical, social, and national modernity. In the present context, where West-dominant globalization demonizes both Islam and cultural alternatives, the implications of this book are profound. A pioneering work on social and medical history, it will interest all historians, students of Islamís interaction with the West, alternative modernities, and the ancient as well as contemporary struggle of the local against the global. Printed Pages: 400. 031535

Price: 17.25 USD
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2 Seema Alavi (ed.)
The Eighteenth Century in India
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2007; 0195692012 / 9780195692013; First Paperback Edition; Paperback; New; 
The eighteenth century in India was an important period of transition and remains the subject of continuing debate among scholars of late medieval and modern Indian history. The two main debates on the eighteenth century are (1) the nature of transition from a centralized Mughal polity to the emergence of regional confederations, and (2) the nature of the transformation brought about by the increasing role of the English East India Company in the economic, commercial, and financial life of the subcontinent. The themes addressed are: the nature of Mughal polity; the decline of the Mughal empire; 'economic prosperity versus the Dark Ages' thesis; and 'the continuity versus change' thesis. This volume presents extracts and selections from the key interventions in the historiographical debates, along with an introduction and a bibliography, which provide a concise and useful survey of the field for the benefit of students. Printed Pages: 270. 010031

Price: 7.95 USD
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