A splendid book of felicitous erudition and critical inquiry, which should make the readers think afresh..."Courtly Encounters" does not give a naive picture of cultural assimilation. Nor does it suggest that cultural encounters and transactions should only be located in courtly high culture. Instead, it provides certain historical contexts, in which cultures meet, collide, coalesce, growl at each other and negotiate with one another at the same time, and with easy conscience...History playfully provides many instances of cultural encounters and dialogues. That history defies a single, simple narrative indeed constitutes its richness. This book decants it in full measure.--B. Surendra Rao"The Hindu" (11/27/2012)"
About the Author
Sanjay Subrahmanyam is Professor and Doshi Chair of Indian History at the University of California, Los Angeles.