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Approaching Diplomatic and Courtly Gift-giving in Europe and Mughal India: Shared Practices and Cultural Diversity

Siebenhüner, Kim Ertl, Thomas (Editor)

The Medieval History Journal, October 2013, Vol.16(2), pp.525-546 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Approaching Diplomatic and Courtly Gift-giving in Europe and Mughal India: Shared Practices and Cultural Diversity
  • Autor: Siebenhüner, Kim
  • Ertl, Thomas (Editor)
  • Assuntos: History & Archaeology
  • É parte de: The Medieval History Journal, October 2013, Vol.16(2), pp.525-546
  • Descrição: This article deals with courtly gift-giving practices in Europe and Mughal India from a comparative and interwoven perspective. Given the historiographical lacunae on Mughal gift-giving, the article presents preliminary observations for further research. Unlike most contributions to this volume, this article understands the notion of diversity in terms of an intercultural diversity that came to the fore in courtly contexts and in diplomatic encounters. My arguments are bifold. On the one hand, European and Mughal rulers and their envoys shared a common ground of diplomatic gift-giving practices that were shaped by an understanding of what was worthy of giving and of the symbolic power of the given objects. On the other hand, courtly gift-giving practices were embedded in different social and cultural environments in Europe and India. By looking at the notion of the ‘gift’ and the social organisation of the Mughal elite, it becomes clear that pīshkash was an idiosyncratic concept...
  • Idioma: Inglês

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