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Introduction

Samira Sheikh

in Forging a Region

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780198060192
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080137 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198060192.003.0001

Series: SOAS Studies on South Asia

Introduction

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What is Gujarat and who are Gujaratis? Where did Gujaratis come from and where did they settle? How was religious and social life organized in Gujarat? What is the Gujarati linguistic region? If Gujarat arose from the political unit created by the Caulukyas c.1200, how was this unit able to survive the intervening years ruled by sultans, Rajputs, Mughals, Marathas, the East India Company, as well as scores of princely states? This book tackles some of these questions from the late twelfth century to the end of the fifteenth century. Although modern Gujarat was formed by recent events, its medieval history clearly continues to have major implications for contemporary politics. The Gujarat region has been continuously settled for almost 4,000 years by immigrants, attracting continual waves of traders, peasants, pastoralists, and invaders.

Keywords: Gujarat; history; politics; Caulukyas; Gujaratis; social life; peasants; pastoralists; immigrants; traders

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