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Daud Ali

Research interests:

  • Pre-Mughal South Asia
  • Medieval South Asia
  • History of mentalities and practices in pre-Sultanate South Asia
  • Courtly and monastic discipline
  • Mercantile practices
  • Conventions in erotic poetry and courtship
  • Slavery
  • Ideas of space
  • Time and history in inscriptions
  • Early Southeast Asian history
  • Gardens and landscape in the medieval Deccan.

Future and ongoing projects include collaborative projects on:

  • The history of friendship in early and medeival South Asia
  • A translation of a Buddhist text on erotics
  • A study of the production of the king Bhoja cycles in Western India.