South Asia (Modern World Cultures) by John Benhart, George Pomeroy, Professor Charles F Gritzner

By John Benhart, George Pomeroy, Professor Charles F Gritzner

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Over time, the British expanded their trade network from these early bases. At this time, the French also were establishing trading posts in South Asia. The French learned to collaborate with many of the regional kingdoms and became skilled in taking advantage of local rivalries and jealousies between kings, often using bribes to pit one local ruler against the other. The British, under the cunning and treacherous leadership of Robert Clive, perfected the “divide and rule” strategy learned from the French.

Among these are the madrassas, or religious schools. ” Islam was founded in Saudi Arabia in the year 622 by the Prophet Muhammad. Its founding was followed by rapid spread westward across most of North Africa and eastward toward South Asia. In less than a century, Islam had reached what is now Pakistan. Invasions by Islamic peoples from Persia and Central Asia eventually led to the establishment of a series of kingdoms in South Asia that culminated with rule by the Muslim Moguls. As was noted in Chapter 3, the Moguls ruled with an iron fist and sought to spread their faith widely.

As with 53 54 South Asia Jains, they have become successful businesspeople, wielding much power and influence even with their small numbers. Christianity Christians form substantial minorities in several parts of India, especially in the southern state of Kerala. They are a majority in two of the far northeastern hill states. Like converts to other religions, most converts to this proselytizing faith are lower-caste Hindus who are perhaps dissatisfied with the rigid and oppressive social code of Hinduism.

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