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The western state of Gujarat has been a hub of religious and trading activity from the eighth century onwards. The medieval history of Gujarat unlike other states in India is not very well known. The present book analyses the religious changes in early medieval Gujarat and examines the social context especially in reference to the rise of Brahmanism, Jainism and Buddhism and their support from the local kings and chieftains.
Dr. Ranjana Bhattacharya did her schooling in Delhi from the Convent of Jesus and Mary. She then completed her BA in History from Lady Shriram College in Delhi. She has subsequently completed her M.A., M.phil. and Ph.D. from Delhi University. She has been teaching history of early India for the last 32 years at the Maitreyi College in Delhi. She has travelled extensively around India especially Gujarat with her students during the course of her research projects. Outside of history she enjoys singing and is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer.