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India's Polity in the Age of Akbar

Iqtidar Alam Khan

ISBN 10: 8178244667 / ISBN 13: 9788178244662
Published by Permanent Black, 2015
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Certain important facets of the Mughal polity during Akbar’s reign are the subject of this book. Professor Iqtidar Alam Khan traces the rise of the Mughal empire, focusing on the orientation given to it by Akbar. His Introduction highlights political and economic processes of the first quarter of the sixteenth century, in particular those that testify to a sharing of political authority and the social surplus among culturally diverse ruling groups. He then investigates the nature of Mughal assignments prior to the introduction of the mansab system in 1575. Looking next at Bairam Khan’s ‘regency’, he suggests that this nobleman’s ouster in 1560 was basically a victory of forces within the system resisting centralization. Iqtidar Alam Khan then focuses on the changing composition of the nobility during this early phase, and accompanying shifts in Akbar’s religious policy. Hitherto unnoticed information regarding Akbar’s person, and happenings in the early part of his reign, furnished by one of his contemporaries, is the next subject of analysis, followed by a careful tracing of Akbar’s changing worldview with reference to hitherto unpublished source material. Finally, we are shown how Akbar promoted Iranian emigrants, most of whom were Shiites. Iqtidar Alam Khan’s argument here is that a commitment to the principle of sulh-i kul freed Akbar from the constraints of orthodoxy, enabling him to appoint those professing the asna-i ‘ashari doctrines to high positions in the state. Bookseller Inventory # 116777

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Title: India's Polity in the Age of Akbar

Publisher: Permanent Black

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 1st Edition

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ABOUT THE BOOK Certain important facets of the Mughal polity during Akbar's reign are the subject of this book. Professor Iqtidar Alam Khan traces the rise of the Mughal empire, focusing on the orientation given to it by Akbar. His Introduction highlights political and economic processes of the first quarter of the sixteenth century, in particular those that testify to a sharing of political authority and the social surplus among culturally diverse ruling groups. He then investigates the nature of Mughal assignments prior to the introduction of the mansab system in 1575. Looking next at Bairam Khan's 'regency', he suggests that this nobleman's ouster in 1560 was basically a victory of forces within the system resisting centralization. Iqtidar Alam Khan then focuses on the changing composition of the nobility during this early phase, and accompanying shifts in Akbar's religious policy. Hitherto unnoticed information regarding Akbar's person, and happenings in the early part of his reign, furnished by one of his contemporaries, is the next subject of analysis, followed by a careful tracing of Akbar's changing worldview with reference to hitherto unpublished source material. Finally, we are shown how Akbar promoted Iranian emigrants, most of whom were Shiites. Iqtidar Alam Khan's argument here is that a commitment to the principle of sulh-i kul freed Akbar from the constraints of orthodoxy, enabling him to appoint those professing the asna-i 'ashari doctrines to high positions in the state.

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