Question: Which century marked the beginning of the medieval period? Why?
Answer: The eighth century is generally taken as the beginning because society, economy, polity, religion and culture under went many changes during this century.
Question: What do you understand by the ‘Indian’ culture emerged in medieval India?
Answer: The coming of Muslims led to the growth of a mixed culture. There was interaction between North and South India and between the Hindus and the Muslims. The cultural exchanges led to the growth of a culture that was above regional and caste differences. It was an Indian culture.
Question: Why are coins and inscriptions important for the study of medieval period?
Answer: Coins: Coins are important for study as –
- It tells us about the reigning periods of kings and give us dates of important political events.
- It tells us about the economy of the kingdom and trade with other regions.
Inscriptions: Inscriptions are useful source of history because –
- They record royal proclamations religious instruction and gifts given by rulers to temples and villages.
- Inscriptions tells us about the important events in the kings life, about the people of particular time and even narrates the achievement of king.
Question: Who wrote Prithviraj – Raso? What does it tell us about?
Answer: Prithviraj – Raso was written by Chand Bardai. It describes the life and adventure of the Chauhan ruler, Prithviraj Chauhan.
Question: What did Hindustan stand for in medieval times?
Answer: The way we understand Hindustan today is quite different from what it was understood in medieval times.
- According to some medieval scholars, Hindustan comprises territories that were a part of the Delhi sultanate on the other hand, Babur the founder of the Mughal Empire used the term Hindustan to describe the geography and natural vegetation of the subcontinent.
- It was only in the nineteenth century, during the British Raj that Hindustan came to be used synonymous with India.