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  • Page extent: 160 pages
  • Size: 236 x 159 mm
  • Weight: 0.402 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 320.8/0954/0903
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: DS461 .H36 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Mogul Empire--Politics and government
    • State-local relations--India--History
    • India--History--1526-1765

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521841191 | ISBN-10: 0521841194)

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


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.


'… 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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