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This paper is devoted to a general presentation of the Islamic cities of India. This term &t;India&t; is here taken in the historical sense of the whole of the Indian subcontinent or South Asia, which has been divided after 1947 into seven political units. Only three of them, situated in the margins of the subcontinent, are now ruled by Muslims, namely Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Maldives; the heartland, with India and Nepal, is ruled by an overwhelming Hindu majority, while Buddhists govern Sri Lanka and Bhutan. It proceeds in the following way. After a presentation of the historical context and a few general considerations, it surveys the various types of towns found in Muslim India and finally analyzes the main research themes which have dealt with the subject. This brief survey underlines both the immensity of the domain which Islamic cities of India represent and the paucity of studies.

Keywords: Hindu; India; Islamic cities; Muslims



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