African Elites in India: Habshi Amarat

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Kenneth X. Robbins, John McLeod
Mapin, 2006 - 272 pages
Sub-Saharan Africans have a longstanding and distinguished presence in India, where they are most commonly known as Habshis or Sidis. Habshi is the Arabic for an Abyssinian or Ethiopian, and Sidi is apparently derived from the Arabic sayyidi, "my lord". In the last decade there has been a veritable explosion of scholarship on Habshis and Sidis in India. This book is a contribution to this growing field, but with a difference. Rather than the groups hitherto studied, its focus is on the elite of Sub-Saharan African-Indian merchants, soldiers, nobles, statesmen, and rulers who attained prominence in various parts of India between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries, and on Africans who served at the courts of Indian monarchs as servants, slaves, eunuchs, or concubines. This book is a series of snapshots, in the form of essays by specialists in the history, numismatics, architecture, the art history of South Asia, and of colour and black-and-white illustrations.

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Fitzroy Andri Baptiste John McLeod and Kenneth X Robbins
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Malik Ambar and Elite Slavery in the Deccan 14001650
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The Habshi Sultans of Bengal
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