State and Locality in Mughal India: Power Relations in Western India, C.1572-1730

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 11, 2004 - History - 144 pages
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The Mughal empire, one of the most powerful states in pre-British India with an impressive administrative structure and an aristocratic high culture, has long held a fascination for historians, resulting in a rich historiographical tradition on the subject. This books explores the Mughal State on the basis of extant local documents which have not been previously treated by historians to make the argument that the state was deeply entangled with the social forces. By examining the interaction between state and society, it greatly contributes to our understanding of medieval India.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Conquest and sovereignty
12
The system of rule
31
Order and disorder
52
Women kin and sharia
71
The state and the local complexes of power
91
The fiscal system
110
Conclusion
126
Bibliography
132
Index
141
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Farhat Hasan is Reader in History at the Center of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University.

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