Since early historic times, Gujarat had been a consistently urbanized and prosperous region. From a tribute-exacting economy, the Gujarat sultanate made a transition to a structured semi-bureaucratic system with relatively fixed and predictable returns accruing from trade and land revenue, becoming the first state in the region to do so. The legacies of the Gujarat sultanate are still evident in Gujarat. A look at religion in Gujarat will show that there are many religious options, even today. Aside from the grand temples and great mosque-tomb complexes of the medieval period, there are scores, if not hundreds, of local goddesses, saints, heroes, pīrs, and satis commemorated everywhere in small wayside shrines, in markets, shops, fairs, and homes. The stories of these shrines and their adherents record struggles and accommodations, patronage and politics that reflect the past and present Gujarat.
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