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Negotiating Mughal law : a family of landlords across three Indian empires / Nandini Chatterjee.

Author/Creator:
Chatterjee, Nandini, 1976- author.
Publication:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
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1 online resource (xii, 298 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
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Subjects:
Law -- Mogul Empire -- History.
Law -- India -- History -- 19th century.
Law -- India -- History -- 20th century.
Landlord and tenant -- India -- Malwa (Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, India) -- History.
Law -- India -- Islamic influences.
Summary:
Based on a completely reconstructed archive of Persian, Hindi and Marathi documents, Nandini Chatterjee provides a unique micro-history of a family of landlords in Malwa, central India, who flourished in the region from at least the sixteenth until the twentieth century. By exploring their daily interactions with imperial elites as well as villagers and marauders, Chatterjee offers a new history from below of the Mughal Empire, far from the glittering courts of the emperors and nobles, but still dramatic and filled with colourful personalities. From this perspective, we see war, violence, betrayal, enterprise, romance and disappointment, but we also see a quest for law, justice, rights and righteousness. A rare story of Islamic law in a predominantly non-Muslim society, this is also an exploration of the peripheral regions of the Maratha empire and a neglected princely state under British colonial rule. This title is also available as Open Access.
Contents:
Introduction
Malwa : Land of many empires
Zamindars : Lords of the marches
Contractors : Engaging the state
Transactions : Recording deals
Disputes : Judges and courts
Invaders : Marathas and the British
Identity : Professionals or Warlords?
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ISBN:
9781108623391 (ebook)
9781108486033 (hardback)
9781108736961 (paperback)
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