Sub-Saharan Africans have a longstanding and distinguished presence in India, where they are known as Habshi or Siddi. 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. Its focus is on the elite of Sub-Saharan African-Indians who attained prominence in various parts of India between the 15th and 20thcenturies, 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.
About the Editors
John Mcleod is chair of the Department of History at the University of Louisville. A specialist in South Asian history, he has books, articles and reviews to his credit.
Kenneth X. Robbins, a psychiatrist, has published more than 40 articles on Indian history and art and he has curated nine exhibitions.
With contributions from Bob Alderman, Fitzroy André Baptiste, Shailendra Bhandare, Richard M. Eaton, Stan Goron, B.N. Goswamy, Faaeza Jasdanwalla, Nawabzadi Fatma Begum A. Jasdanwalla Of Janjira, Shihan De Silva Jayasuriya, Omar Khalidi, His Highness Nawab Dr Sidi Nasrullah Khan, Nawab Nasrut Jung Bahadur, Mubaruz-Ud-Daula, Nawab Of Sachin, Lalit Kumar, Klaus Rotzer and Mehrdad Shokoohy.