EMPIRE OF THE INDUS: THE STORY OF A RIVER


Alice Albinia, Empire Of The Indus The Story Of A River (London: John Murray, 2008)

Chapter 1 -- "Ramzan  In Karachi," 1947 (pp. 1-25):  Discusses Partition and the birth of an independent Pakistan from the perspective of Karachi.

Chapter 2 -- "Conquering The Classic River," 1832 (pp. 26-51):  Tells the story of the arrival and exploits of the East India Company in Sindh and the Punjab.

Chapter 3 -- "Ethiopia's First Fruit," 1793 (pp. 52-78):  Albinia talks to some Sheedis, descendants of African slaves who first arrived in the region with Arab trades in the eighth century CE.

Chapter 4 -- "River Saints," 1718-1752 (pp. 79-108):  Searches for descendants of the Sufi peer Shah Inayat.

Chapter 5 -- "The Guru's Army," 1499 (pp. 109-129):  Explores the history of Sikhism in the context of the Indus.

Chapter 6 -- "Up The Khyber," 1001 (pp. 130-154):  Chronicles the arrival of the Turks and the Mughals in the region.

Chapter 7 -- "Buddha On The Silk Road," 3rd century BCE - 8th century CE (pp. 155-176):  Uncovers the lost history of Buddhism in the region of ancient Taxila.

Chapter 8 -- "Alexander At The Outer Ocean," 327 BCE (pp. 177-215):  Connects the Indus to the conquests of Alexander the Great.

Chapter 9 -- "Indra's Beverage," c. 1200 (pp. 216-242):  Describes Vedic times and the arrival of the Aryans.

Chapter 10 -- "Alluvial Cities," c. 2600 BCE (pp. 243-260):  Travels Harappa and Mohenjo-daro in an effort to connect with Indus Valley Civilization.

Chapter 11 -- "Huntress Of The Lithic," Stone Age (pp. 261-283):  Searches for archaeological traces associated with the Paleolithic prehistory of the region.

Chapter 12 -- "The Disappearing River," fifty million years ago (pp. 284-309):  Arrives in Tibet at the river's source.


 

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