Irfan Habib has made important advancements in the study and writing of history. He has written and published a large number of books and essays on many facets of Indian history. His writings frequently offer important new perspectives on the political dynamics, social and economic structures, and cultural advancements of medieval India.
Habib is renowned for emphasizing the use of first-person accounts and empirical data to examine historical processes and occurrences. Through his teaching and mentoring, he has significantly influenced how medieval Indian history is studied in India and helped to prepare generations of historians.
Habib has received various medals and honors for his contributions to the history profession, including the Padma Bhushan, one of India's highest civilian decorations, in 2005.
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