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State and Locality in Mughal India

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

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  • Date Published: November 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521841191

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  • This book presents an exploratory study of the Mughal state and its negotiation with local power relations. By studying the state from the perspective of the localities and not from that of the Mughal Court, it shifts the focus from the imperial grid to the local arenas, and more significantly, from 'form' to 'process'. As a result, the book offers a new interpretation of the system of rule based on an appreciation of the local experience of imperial sovereignty, and the inter-connections between the state and the local power relations. The book knits together the systems- and action-theoretic approaches to power, and presents the Mughal state as a dynamic structure in constant change and conflict. The study, based on hitherto unexamined local evidence, highlights the extent to which the interactions between state and society helped to shape the rule structure, the normative system and 'the moral economy of the state'.

    • Explores the interaction between state and society in the Mughal Empire
    • Provides new evidence from previously-unexamined local documents
    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach which will appeal to the student of history and to the student of politics
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    '… an excellent piece of work, rich in new arguments and perspectives, and most lucidly expressed.' Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society

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    • Date Published: November 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521841191
    • length: 160 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.402kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Conquest and sovereignty
    3. The system of rule
    4. Order and disorder
    5. Women, kin and shari'a
    6. The state and the local complexes of power
    7. The fiscal system
    8. Conclusion
    Bibliography.

  • Author

    Farhat Hasan, Aligarh Muslim University, India
    Farhat Hasan is Reader in History at the Center of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University.

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