The Rise of the Indo-Afghan Empire: C. 1710-1780

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BRILL, 1995 - History - 219 pages
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The Rise of the Indo-Afghan Empire, c. 1710-1780 deals with the magnificent world of Afghan nomads, horse-dealers and mercenaries bridging the frontiers between the old metropolitan centres of India, Iran and Central Asia. During the eighteenth century they succeeded in establishing a vigorous new system of Indo-Afghan states.
In Central Asia, the Afghans created an imperial tradition on the basis of long-standing Perso-Islamic ideals. In India, along the caravan routes with Turkistan and Tibet, they carved out thriving principalities in association with military service and the breeding and trade in war-horses. By fully incorporating this Afghan ascendancy into the fabric of Islamic and world history the author challenges the widely held notion of a gloomy Afghan past.
  

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Contents

Chapter One Trade and Empire in Central Asia and India
13
Chapter Two Durrani Imperialism
45
Chapter Three Horse Breeding and Trade in India
68
Chapter Four Afghan Migration and StateFormation
104
Chapter Five The Rohilla Riydsat
144
Chapter Six The Construction of Rohilla Tradition
160
CONTENTS
163
Conclusion and Epilogue
175
Islamic Dynasties in Iran India and Central Asia
181
Selected Bibliography
190
Index
207
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Jos J.L. Gommans, Ph.D. (1993), University of Leiden, teaches Indian history at the Kern Institute of the University of Leiden.

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