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A Prosopography in Circulation: Advertising Scribal Travails in Arabic Manuscripts across Early Modern South Asia (2022)
Book Chapter
Bahl, C. D. (2022). A Prosopography in Circulation: Advertising Scribal Travails in Arabic Manuscripts across Early Modern South Asia. In C. D. Bahl, & S. Hanß (Eds.), Scribal Practice and the Global Cultures of Colophons, 1400–1800 (37-61). Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-90154-7_2

Much ink has been spilled on early modern scribal cultures of the South Asian subcontinent. Scholarship over the last decades approached state-formation processes in the Mughal dispensation and beyond by directing the focus to the centralisation of i... Read More about A Prosopography in Circulation: Advertising Scribal Travails in Arabic Manuscripts across Early Modern South Asia.

Ebba Koch, ed., in collaboration with Ali Anooshahr, The Mughal Empire from Jahangir to Shah Jahan, Mumbai: The Marg Foundation, 2019, 320 pp, Illustrations and Maps, Index and Glossary, ISBN 978-93-83243-26-6 (2021)
Journal Article
Bahl, C. D. (2021). Ebba Koch, ed., in collaboration with Ali Anooshahr, The Mughal Empire from Jahangir to Shah Jahan, Mumbai: The Marg Foundation, 2019, 320 pp, Illustrations and Maps, Index and Glossary, ISBN 978-93-83243-26-6. Der Islam, 98(2), 618-621. https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2021-0044

Eunuch and Scholar - Two Ways to be ‘Indian’ Socio-Cultural Significances of the Category ‘al-Hindī ’ in the Late Mamlūk Period (2020)
Book Chapter
Bahl, C. D. (2020). Eunuch and Scholar - Two Ways to be ‘Indian’ Socio-Cultural Significances of the Category ‘al-Hindī ’ in the Late Mamlūk Period. In S. Kiyanrad, & et al. (Eds.), Islamische Selbstbilder: Festschrift für Susanne Enderwitz (25-37). Heidelberg University Publishing. https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.531.c9251

From the late fourteenth to the fifteenth centuries an increased migration of ‘Indians’ (al-Hindīyūn) to the Hijaz is observable due to Jidda’s emergence as a major entrepôt in the ‘India trade’ between Mamlūk Egypt and various regions of South Asia.... Read More about Eunuch and Scholar - Two Ways to be ‘Indian’ Socio-Cultural Significances of the Category ‘al-Hindī ’ in the Late Mamlūk Period.

Transoceanic Arabic historiography: sharing the past of the sixteenth-century western Indian Ocean (2020)
Journal Article
Bahl, C. D. (2020). Transoceanic Arabic historiography: sharing the past of the sixteenth-century western Indian Ocean. Journal of Global History, 15(2), 203-223. https://doi.org/10.1017/s1740022820000017

The early modern western Indian Ocean constituted a dynamic space of human interaction. While scholarship has mostly concentrated on trade and commerce, recent studies have shifted the focus to social and cultural mobilities. This article argues for... Read More about Transoceanic Arabic historiography: sharing the past of the sixteenth-century western Indian Ocean.

Arabic Philology at the Seventeenth-Century Mughal Court. Saʿd Allāh Khān’s and Shāh Jahān’s Enactments of the Sharḥ al-Radī (2020)
Journal Article
Bahl, C. D. (2020). Arabic Philology at the Seventeenth-Century Mughal Court. Saʿd Allāh Khān’s and Shāh Jahān’s Enactments of the Sharḥ al-Radī. Philological Encounters, 5(2), 190-222. https://doi.org/10.1163/24519197-bja10004

Persian narrative sources provide a colorful picture of Mughal courtly life, but in order to zoom in on cultural practices one has to turn to the artefacts of cultural pursuits. This article studies one specimen of the empirical treasure trove of Ara... Read More about Arabic Philology at the Seventeenth-Century Mughal Court. Saʿd Allāh Khān’s and Shāh Jahān’s Enactments of the Sharḥ al-Radī.

Sebastian R. Prange, Monsoon Islam. Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, Series: Cambridge Oceanic Histories, xvi + 344 pp., 4 Maps, 22 Figures, 4 Tables, Index and Bibliographical Information, ISBN 978-1-108-42438-7 (Hardback). (2019)
Journal Article
Bahl, C. D. (2019). Sebastian R. Prange, Monsoon Islam. Trade and Faith on the Medieval Malabar Coast, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018, Series: Cambridge Oceanic Histories, xvi + 344 pp., 4 Maps, 22 Figures, 4 Tables, Index and Bibliographical Information, ISBN 978-1-108-42438-7 (Hardback). Der Islam, 96(2), https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2019-0045

Creating a Cultural Repertoire Based on Texts (2018)
Journal Article
Bahl, C. D. (2018). Creating a Cultural Repertoire Based on Texts. Journal of Islamic Manuscripts, 9(2-3), 132-153. https://doi.org/10.1163/1878464x-00902003

The early modern South Asian sultanate of Bijapur (9/15 th–11/17 th c.) represented a rich centre for the transmission of manuscripts by both the court and local Sufi communities. Thus far, Richard Eaton has mainly concentrated on prosopographical so... Read More about Creating a Cultural Repertoire Based on Texts.

Muhsin J. al-Musawi, The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters. Arabic Knowledge Construction, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015, 449 pp., 9 Illustrations, Appendix, ISBN 0-268-02044-2 (Paperback). (2018)
Journal Article
Bahl, C. D. (2018). Muhsin J. al-Musawi, The Medieval Islamic Republic of Letters. Arabic Knowledge Construction, Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2015, 449 pp., 9 Illustrations, Appendix, ISBN 0-268-02044-2 (Paperback). Der Islam, 95(1), 240-245. https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2018-0017

Reading tarājim with Bourdieu: prosopographical traces of historical change in the South Asian migration to the late medieval Hijaz (2017)
Journal Article
Bahl, C. D. (2017). Reading tarājim with Bourdieu: prosopographical traces of historical change in the South Asian migration to the late medieval Hijaz. Der Islam, 94(1), 234-275. https://doi.org/10.1515/islam-2017-0010

This article presents a new analytical reading of one of the most popular genres in medieval Arabic historiography, biographical dictionaries, in order to address broader questions of historical change in transregional movements and scholarly group c... Read More about Reading tarājim with Bourdieu: prosopographical traces of historical change in the South Asian migration to the late medieval Hijaz.