Towards a connected history of equine cultures in South Asia - bahrī (sea) horses and ‘horsemania’ in thirteenth century South India

Date

2016-01

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2377-3561

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Publisher

ARC Humanities Press

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Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article explores ways that the concept of equine cultures, developed thus far principally in European and/or early modern and colonial contexts, might translate to premodern South Asia. As a first contribution to a history of equine matters in South Asia, it focuses on the maritime circulation of horses from the Middle East to Peninsular India in the thirteenth century, examining the different ways that this phenomenon is recorded in textual and material sources and exploring their potential for writing a new, more connected history of South Asia and the Indian Ocean world.

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Horse trade, equine culture, South Asia, bahr/bahrī, India, Il Khanid Iran, Pandya Kingdom, Kakatiya dynasty, Hoysala dynasty, China, Marco Polo, Vassaf al-Hazrat, Rashid ad-Din, martial ethos

Citation

Lambourn, E. (2016) Towards a connected history of equine cultures in South Asia - bahrī (sea) horses and ‘horsemania’ in thirteenth century South India. The Medieval Globe, 2 (1), pp. 57-100

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Institute of History
Institute of Art and Design