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Author Chatterjee, Nandini, 1976- author.

Title Negotiating Mughal law : a family of landlords across three Indian empires / Nandini Chatterjee, University of Exeter
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2020
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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?
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Landlord and tenant -- India -- Malwa (Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, India) -- History
Law -- India -- History -- 19th century
Law -- India -- History -- 20th century
Law -- India -- Islamic influences
Law -- Mogul Empire -- History
Landlord and tenant.
Law -- Islamic influences.
India -- Mogul Empire.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019051904
ISBN 1108623395