Unit – VI
Society and Culture: Social Organisation and Social Structure.
The Sufis – Their Orders, Beliefs and Practices, the leading Sufi Saints, Social Synchronization.
Bhakti Movement – Shaivism; Vaishnavism, Shaktism.
The Saints of the Medieval Period – North and South – their impact on Socio-Political and Religious Life – Women Saints of Medieval India.
The Sikh Movement – Guru Nanak Dev: his teachings and practices, Adi Granth; the Khalsa.
Social Classification: Ruling Class, Major Religious Groups, the Ulemas, the Mercantile and Professional Classes – Rajput Society.
Rural society – Petty Chieftains, Village Officials, Cultivators and Non-Cultivating Classes, Artisans.
Position of Women – Zanana System – Devadasi System.
Development of Education, Centres of Education and Curriculum, Madarasa Education.
Fine Arts – Major Schools of Painting – Mughal, Rajasthani, Pahari, Garhwali; Development of Music.
Art and Architecture, Indo-Islamic Architecture, Mughal Architecture, Regional Styles.
Indo-Arabic Architecture, Mughal Gardens, Maratha Forts, Shrines and Temples.