Institut für den Nahen und Mittleren Osten



9. Allianz Gastprofessors Sunil Kumar, Neu Delhi


Prof. Dr. Hans van Ess, Vizepräsident der LMU

Dr. Johannes Schmoeckel, Allianz SE

Vorstellung des Gastprofessors
Prof. Dr. Christoph K. Neumann, Lehrstuhl für Türkische Studien

Prof. Dr. Sunil Kumar, University of Delhi, Department of History

Neuer Titel: "Politics and Folklore and the Making of Sultanate Delhi, ca 1300-1400 CE"

Historians of politics are only slowly divesting their scepticism about myths and legends and finding in folklore interesting questions and materials with which to texture their robust histories of the state. Myths are, after all, like 'histories' in their ability to construct a semblance of truth and normalcy about past relationships and identities, to discourse on power often using normative structures to support or question the establishment. My paper concerns Delhi of the 13th and 14th century, a period in Indian history associated with the great might of the city’s Sultans. It considers three sites from Sultanate Delhi and assesses why they were historically important to its Sultans. It also evaluates different kinds of supernatural interventions that were associated with these sites -- myths and folklores that historians sometimes narrate without quite assessing their significance. Through a juxtaposition of these different 'histories' I would like to explore the dialectic of power that suffused the terrain of Sultanate Delhi and complicate the reasons why the capital might have been referred to as Hazrat-i Dehli, or "The Auspicious City".

Im Anschluss daran findet ein kleiner Empfang im Vorraum des Hörsaals statt.