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African Elites in India: Habshi Amarat [Abridged, Audiobook, Box set, Illustrated, Large Print] [Hardcover]

Kenneth Robbins , John McCleod
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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mapin Publishing Pvt.Ltd ,India; 1 edition (1 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Hindi, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Welsh
  • ISBN-10: 1890206970
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890206970
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,457,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Focuses on the elite of sub-Saharan African-Indian merchants, soldiers, nobles, statesmen and rulers, who attained prominence in various parts of India between the 15th and 20th Centuries.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Habshis and Sidis of India 11 April 2014
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I did know of the African presence in India before reading this book, but I wasn't fully aware of how significant it was at all levels of society from the 4th Century CE onwards.

"African Elites in India: Habshi Amarat" is a collection of articles which focus on the presence Africans amongst the elite circles in India. These people, called Habshis or Sidis, had a long and distinguished presence as traders, musicians, soldiers and rulers and played a significant role in the history and culture of the subcontinent. The book contains a wealth of information about some of the most notable Africans together with many portraits, maps and photographs.

The Sidis in modern India still have a distinctive culture with its unique music and dance. But associations with Sidis (and their descendants) may also be found amongst Royalty and Nobility today.

I found this to be an excellent work on an almost forgotten aspect of African and Indian culture and would certainly be one of my reading recommendations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good as new 28 May 2014
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The book illuminates a part of world history few even suspected exists. I would have liked more information on Bava Gor, the Sufi saint.
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