Objects of Translation is an extraordinary volume. Part of the challenge of reviewing it lies in choosing a starting point from among its rich contributions: the historical geography of the wider Indus basin from eastern Afghanistan to northern India in the eighth through thirteenth centuries; the cultural dynamics and political economies of this contact zone; the rigorous examination of objects ranging from coins to ivories and robes of honor that were created and circulated in that culture area and shaped by its dynamics; and the architectural analysis of successive enclosures of the Qutb mosque complex in Delhi. Each of these contributions is significant for the field of Indo-Islamic art and architectural history, but what gives them wider significance for readers of the JSAH and scholars in related fields are the ways the author weaves contemporary theory with rigorous art historical analysis....

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