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Write a short essay on: “AI- Biruni’s India”

Write a short essay on: “AI- Biruni’s India” ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Alberuni (c. 972-1048) was a Persian scholar from the Khwarezm region and spent a large part of his life in Ghazni in modern-day Afghanistan, capital of the Ghaznavid dynasty. He was the first prominent Muslim Indologist was one of the greatest intellectuals of the eleventh […]

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Write a short essay on: “Alberuni on science in India”

Write a short essay on: “Alberuni on science in India” ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Alberuni was among first who made a deep study of Hindu sciences. He was the first scholar to study India and the Hindu scientific literature. Alberuni was impressed most by the Indian knowledge of astronomy, metrology, arithmetic, alchemy and geography which he mentioned […]

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Write a short essay on: “Kalhan as a historian”

Write a short essay on: “Kalhan as a historian” ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Kalhan in prologue of his book Rajatarangini expresses his view on history. Following are Kalhan’s view on historiography and his way of writing history which makes him the greatest historian of his time: Kalhana says that a good history has power to take the […]

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Evaluate Rajtarangini as a source of history.

Evaluate Rajtarangini as a source of history. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Rajatarangini (“The River of Kings”) is a historical chronicle of the early Kashmir. It covers the entire span of history in the Kashmir region from the earliest times to the the date of its composition in 12th century. It was written in Sanskrit by Kashmiri historian […]

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Assess Kalhana’s views on History.

Assess Kalhana’s views on History. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Kalhan in prologue of his book Rajatarangini expresses his view on history. Following are Kalhan’s view on historiography and his way of writing history which makes him the greatest historian of his time: Kalhana says that a good history has power to take the person into past and […]

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Critically evaluate the contribution of Rashtrakutas to art and culture.

Critically evaluate the contribution of Rashtrakutas to art and culture. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Rashtrakuta’s contribution to Religion Rashtrakuta kings gave patronage to Brahmanism which is proved by the following facts: Worship of Shiva and Vishnu was popularized by them. Vaishnavism and Shaivism got popularity. They adopted Garura and Shiva in yogic posture as royal seal. They […]

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How far do you agree with the view that temples in early medieval period were catalysts in spreading education?

How far do you agree with the view that temples in early medieval period were catalysts in spreading education? ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: In early medieval period, three distinct types of educational institutions existed to spread education among the masses:- a) The Gurukula schools, b) The temple colleges (or Ghatikas), c) The Agrahara village institutions. The temple […]

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Discuss the Caurapancashika and Jain styles of paintings. Can the Caurapancashika style truly be called the precursor of pothi format?

Discuss the Caurapancashika and Jain styles of paintings. Can the Caurapancashika style truly be called the precursor of pothi format? ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Jain styles of paintings The Western Indian style of painting, also called Jaina Painting, a highly conservative style of Indian miniature painting prevailed in the region comprising Gujarat, Rajasthan and Malwa. The motivating […]

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Give a brief account of the early medieval temple architecture of Kashmir.

Give a brief account of the early medieval temple architecture of Kashmir. ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: The architecture of medieval Kashmir may be said to begin at the seventh centuries A.D. It almost ended with the transfer of the kingdom from Hindu to Muslim hands in A.D. 1337. The buildings which represent Medieval Kashmiri Architecture, may be […]

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Why is Mamallapuram famous?

Why is Mamallapuram famous? ©selfstudyhistory.com Ans: Mamallapuram is also called Mahabalipuram, which is historically important place. Mamallapuram dates back to the Tamil Pallava dynasty in the 7th-9th century. It was largely developed by the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I Mahamalla in the 7th century AD. It is famous due to the following reasons: (1) The temples […]

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