A number of the papers in this collection were first presented at the seminar
Forms of Knowledge in Early Modern South Asia, organized at the Univer-
sity of Chicago in the academic year 2002–3. I gratefully acknowledge the sup-
port of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, without which the seminar
could not have taken place.
Valerie Millholland, our editor at Duke University Press, has been expert
in her guidance and gracious in her patience. Tim Elfenbein did a remarkable
job managing the complex editing and production of the volume, and I am
truly grateful to him. The index was prepared with great care and efficiency by
Katherine Ulrich. Three anonymous reviewers generously offered criticisms
and suggestions for improvement.
I wish to thank Arthur Dudney, Elaine Fisher, Andrew Ollett, and Audrey
Truschke, my research assistants at Columbia, for their help in preparing the
volume for the press.
Earlier versions of the essays of Muzaffar Alam and Sanjay Subrahmanyam,
Imre Bangha, Allison Busch, Sumit Guha, Janet Gyatso, and Sunil Sharma
were published in Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East
24, no. 2 (2004). A longer version of Aditya Behl’s essay was published in Notes
from a Mandala: Essays in Honor of Wendy Doniger, edited by David Haberman
and Laurie Patton (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2010). An earlier
version of Sheldon Pollock’s essay was published in Contributions to Indian and
Cross-Cultural Studies: Volume in Commemoration of Wilhelm Halbfass, edited
by Karin Preisendanz (Vienna: Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2005). An ab-
breviated version of the essay by V. Narayana Rao, David Shulman, and Sanjay
Subrahmanyam was published in South-Indian Horizons: Felicitation Volume for
François Gros, edited by Jean-Luc Chevillard (Pondicherry: Institut français
de Pondichéry, École française d’extrême-orient, 2004). Individual authors’
preferences in diacritics and styles of transliteration have been respected in
the book.
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