Medieval coin hoard discovered in India

A hoard of 254 copper coins dating back to the 16th century were discovered northern India, officials announced this week.

NEW! The Medieval Magazine, No. 110: THE RISE OF THE MEDIEVAL CITY

In this issue, we focus on cities. From Barcelona, to Constantinople, to Bologna, we cover marriage, trade, slavery, and foundation stories. Take a trip with us around the world and learn about the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the medieval city.

Mutilation and the Law in Early Medieval Europe and India: A Comparative Study

Such penalties, the rhetoric surrounding their use, and the circumstances in which they were prescribed sound very familiar to a historian of early medieval Europe, where the language and targets of such precepts were similar to those set out in the Indian material.

The First Zero

When did the mathematical zero begin being used? New research revealed this week by the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries shows that a manuscript from India bearing the symbol was written in the 3rd or 4th century, making it the world’s oldest recorded origin of the zero that we use today.

The Global Side of Medieval at the Getty Centre: Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts

Los Angeles correspondent, Danielle Trynoski takes through the, ‘Traversing the Globe Through Illuminated Manuscripts’ exhibut at the Getty Museum.

Comparing China and India in the 9th century

A ninth-century Arabic text offers insights into daily life in medieval China and India.

Valentine’s Day Medieval Love: Books for that special someone

Love is in the air! Here are a few medieval books on the topic of love for your Valentine.

Marvels and Allies in the East. India as Heterotopia of Latin Europe in the 12th Century

It has long been said that Latin Europe lost its connection to the East, specifically to Asia, in the early Middle Ages. But this is only part of the truth. From late Antiquity on, there were Christians in many places between the Mediterranean Sea and China.

Vespucci’s Triangle and the Shape of the World

Interdisciplinary interactions between sixteenth-century travellers and cosmographers produced visual models that challenged normative modes of visual thinking, even as they tried to clarify ideas about the earth’s surface.

The Black Death in Medieval India: a Historical Mystery

Why did a pestilence that had such an impact on one part of the world go unmentioned in another part of the world?

‘Old Men of the Mountains’: a comparative study of the Ghūrids and the Ismā‘īlīs of Alamūt

Striking parallels exist between these two dynasties – marginalised and despised by their neighbours, they established secure mountain strongholds, which acted as refuges and bases from which to expand.

Medieval Arabic manuscripts, East India Company papers, to go online

The British Library and Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development have unveiled an ambitious partnership to transform people’s understanding of the history of the Middle East, and the region’s relationship with Britain and the rest of the world.

Imagining Samarkand: Fruitful Themes in 13th-16th Century Literature on a Silk Road City

… Samarkand was seen as the last great urban Islamic stop.4 Perhaps because of this, the period between the Arab invasion of Samarkand and the Mongol invasion in 1220 fomented many of the mythologies about the city which will feature prominently in this paper.

Imagining the Metropolis on the Islamic Periphery: Commerce, Scholarship, and Architecture in 15th c. Bidar and Timbuktu

In this paper I wish to explore the similarities and differences that these two cities exhibit in terms of their evolution, their relationship to political power, and most importantly, the ways they imagined themselves in relation to metropolitan centers in the Islamic heartland.

Prester John: Fiction and History

Prester John: Fiction and History Bar-Ilan, Meir History of European Ideas, 20/1-3 (1995) Abstract A Hebrew book of Ben-Sira was published in 1519 in Constantinople, and its appendix includes ‘a copy of the letter that Priesty Juan sent to the Pope in Rome’. Although this story has several versions, its main theme is: Once upon a time, […]

Paper Technology in Medieval India

Paper Technology in Medieval India By S.A.K. Ghori and A.Rahman Indian Journal of the History of Science, Vol. 2 (1966) Abstract: The paper gives a brief development of paper industry in India. It describes the method of paper manufacturing paper, the various centres established in the country and specialties of different types of papers made […]

Yemeni ‘Oceanic Policy’ at the end of the 13th century

Yemeni ‘Oceanic Policy’ at the end of the 13th century By Eric Vallett Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies (2005) Abstract: This paper is based on a new published collection of archives, Nûr al-ma’ârif fî nuzûm wa-qawânîn wa-a’râf al-Yaman fî al-‘ahd al-muzaffarî al-wârif (edited by M. Jâzim, French Centre for Archaeology and Social Sciences in […]

Gupta artistic tradition in the reign of Kumaragupta I Mahendraditya, 414-456 A.D.

Gupta artistic tradition in the reign of Kumaragupta I Mahendraditya, 414-456 A.D. By Trudy Jacobsen Access History, Vol. 2:1 (1999) Introduction: The freshness and vitality of classical Indian art and architecture are due in no small measure to the reign of the Gupta dynasty (200-600 AD). Under these benevolent kings India’s artists and architects found […]

Prices and Wages in India (1200-1800): Source Material, Historiography and New Directions

Prices and Wages in India (1200-1800): Source Material, Historiography and New Directions By Najaf Haider Paper given at Towards a Global History of Prices and Wages (2004) Introduction: Quantitative data on prices, wages and income are extremely limited and fragmentary for the whole of medieval India (1200-1800 AD). It is only from the middle of […]

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