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ILCAA Joint Research Project

Reconsidering Intermediate Social Groups in Premodern South Asia (jrp000190)

Reconsidering Intermediate Social Groups in Premodern South Asia


  • Premodern South Asia
  • Social History


  • South Asia



About the Project

Project term: April, 2012–March, 2015

This project aims at reconsidering the roles and functions of various intermediate groups in South Asia during the pre-colonial period. It investigates how these groups were formed and developed in their respective historical contexts. It has been pointed out that in premodern South Asia there were various intermediate social groups enjoying a certain degree of autonomy and independence, such as villages, unions of villages (<<regional communities>>), cities, merchant associations, religious orders or cults, and <<castes>>. By paying special attention to the conflicts and negotiations among the groups and between these groups and their states, the project will arrive at a new understanding of the historical development of South Asian society. It examines various types of social groups of premodern South Asia and seeks to reveal the diversity in the forms of societal ties underlying their formation and integration by making comparative studies of different groups.

Nobuhiro OTA, Project Coordinator (ILCAA)



  • Nobuhiro OTA (ILCAA)


  • Nobuaki KONDO

Joint Researchers

  • Akiko SUEHIRO
  • Akio TANABE
  • Atsushi NONOGAKI
  • Ayako NINOMIYA
  • Eiko UEHARA
  • Hiromu NAGASHIMA
  • Hiroyuki KOTANI
  • Hiroyuki MASHITA
  • Ikuko WADA
  • Jae-Eun SHIN
  • Masahiko MITA
  • Michihiro OGAWA
  • Minoru INABA
  • Ryosuke FURUI
  • Satoshi OGURA
  • Shinkichi TANIGUCHI
  • Shunsuke SAITO



Publication meeting Report (Japanese)(55KB)

  • Date/Time: 26 December 2015 (Sat.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • All members
    Editorial meeting of the contributors of ”Groups and Networks in Pre-modern South Asian Society”

The 9th meeting Report (Japanese)(187KB)

  • Date/Time: 28 March 2015 (Sat.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 5F Seminar room
  • Language: Japanese
  • Atsushi NONOGAKI (ILCAA joint researcher, Aichi Institute of Technology)
    “On the correlation between the decorative motif in Indian architecture and the people’s wishes”
    Hiroyuki MASHITA (ILCAA joint researcher, Kobe University)
    “An aspect of personal bonds under the Mansab system as reflected in foster brothership of the Mughal Empire”
    All members

The 8th meeting Report (Japanese)(205KB)

  • Date/Time: 7 December 2014 (Sun.) 14:00-18:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 5F Seminar room
  • Language: Japanese
    “Angkorian Kingship and Shaivism”
    Nobuaki KONDO (ILCAA)
    “Persianate Culture and Local Communities in South Asia”

The 7th meeting Report (Japanese)(263KB)

  • Date/Time: 12 July 2014 (Sat.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F Conference room
  • Language: Japanese
  • Kan ISHIKAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Waseda University)
    “History of Belvola-300 and Purigere-300 in the times of the Chalukyas and the Rashtrakutas”
    Masahiko MITA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Nagoya University)
    “Pancakula and Mahajana: Local Admininstration and Assemblies in Early Medieval Rajasthan and Gujarat”
    Ikuko WADA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Walled Port Towns: A Case Study of the Early Modern Coromandel Coast”

The 6th meeting Report (Japanese)(340KB)

  • Date/Time: 29 March 2014 (Sat.) 14:00-19:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 5F Seminar room
  • Language: Japanese
  • Shinji SHIGEMATSU (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Otemon Gakuin University)
    “Historical Trace of Raiyatwari Land System, from an Exhaustive Rural Survey of I. Village of Salem District, Tamilnadu State”
    Minoru INABA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Revisiting the Ḥūna and the Hephtalites: Recent studies on the Central Asian states in Northwestern India”
    Ayako NINOMIYA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Aoyama Gakuin University)
    “Sufi Tariqa as an intermediate group”

The 5th meeting Report (Japanese)(1.1MB)

  • Date/Time: 16 November 2013 (Sat.) 14:00-18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 3F Seminar room
  • Language: Japanese
  • Hiromu NAGASHIMA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, University of Nagasaki)
    “Relations between Merchants and Rulers in Mughal Gujarat: A review of some studies”
    Eiko UEHARA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Otani University)
    “Buddhist art in Sindh and related problems”

The 4th meeting Report (Japanese)(261KB)

  • Date/Time: 22 June 2013 (Sat.) 13:30-19:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Language: Japanese and English
  • Ryosuke FURUI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, The University of Tokyo)
    “Formation of Brāhmaṇas: the Case of Early Medieval Bengal”
    Satoshi OGURA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Kyoto University)
    “Incompatible Outsiders or Believers of a Darśana?: Representations of Muslims by Three Brahmans of Šāhmīrid Kašmīr”
    Jae-Eun SHIN (ILCAA Joint Researcher, ILCAA)
    “Sattra in Assam between the 16th and the 18th Centuries: from a Venue of Popular Bhakti Movement to the Orthodox Brahmanical Institution”

The 3rd meeting Report (Japanese)(187KB)

  • Date/Time: 24 March 2013 (Sun.) 14:00-18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 5F
  • Hiroyuki KOTANI (ILCAA Joint Researcher)
    “The Dropouts from Communities in Premodern India”
    Shinkichi TANIGUCHI (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies)
    “Tribes and Castes in Bengal: A Historical Perspective”

The 2nd meeting Report (Japanese)(177KB)

  • Date/Time: 1 December 2012 (Sat.) 14:00-18:30
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Michihiro OGAWA (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Yokohama City University)
    “Merchant and artisan communities in the late 18th century-Indapur Pargana, Pune Subha under the Marathas: the selection and the initial analysis of primary sources”
    Shunsuke SAITO (ILCAA Joint Researcher, Daito Bunka University)
    “Structural Analysis of Human Network in the Portuguese Empire: a prosopographical study of the Estado da India’s clerks”

The 1st meeting Report (Japanese)(95KB)

  • Date/Time: 23 June 2012 (Sat.) 13:00-18:00
  • Venue: Hongo Satellite 7F
  • Nobuhiro OTA (ILCAA)
    “A review of studies on social groups in pre-modern South Asia”
    All members
    Discussion about how to forward the project

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