Contestations and Accommodations

Mewat and Meos in Mughal India

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ISBN:

9780199462797

Publication date:

29/04/2016

Hardback

304 pages

Price: 850.00 INR

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ISBN:

9780199462797

Publication date:

29/04/2016

Hardback

304 pages

Suraj Bhan Bhardwaj

The book charts the social, economic, and political history of Mewat from the 13th to the early 18th centuries. Denting the conventional image of communities in medieval India as self-sufficient, changeless, and autonomous entities, it takes up the case of Meo community of Mewat to argue that communities have regularly undergone profound socio-economic changes, and such transformations have been an integral part of their histories.

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Suraj Bhan Bhardwaj

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Contestations and Accommodations charts the social, economic, and political history of the Mewat region of north India from the 13th to the early 18th centuries. Denting the conventional image of communities in medieval India as self-sufficient, changeless, and autonomous entities, it takes up the case of the Meos of Mewat to argue that these communities have regularly undergone profound socio-economic changes, which are an integral part of their histories. The volume offers a historically nuanced perspective of the evolution of the identity of Meos. Delineating Mewat’s ecology and its impact on the economy, it lays bare the process of community formation among the Meos in the wake of their peasantization and Islamicization. Exploring the contours of this transformation in the larger backdrop of the establishment of a centralized state under the Sultanate and the Mughal rule, this work also throws light on the emergence of a new class of zamindars, namely the Rajputs and the Jats, at the cost of the old landed elites, namely the Khanzadas and the Meos—a phenomenon that generated significant agrarian turmoil in the rural society at large.

Suraj Bhan Bhardwaj

Table of contents

List of Tables Acknowledgements A Note on Spelling and Transliteration Introduction 1. State Formation in Mewat: Relationship of the Khanzadas with the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal State, and Other Regional Potentates 2. Natural Settings: Potential and Constraints 3. Social Formation of Meos: From Tribe to Caste 4. Resources of Mewat: Appropriation and Distribution 5. The Bhomias Conclusion Appendix: ‘Hasan Khan ki Katha’ Glossary Bibliography Index About the Author

Suraj Bhan Bhardwaj

Suraj Bhan Bhardwaj

Suraj Bhan Bhardwaj

Description

Contestations and Accommodations charts the social, economic, and political history of the Mewat region of north India from the 13th to the early 18th centuries. Denting the conventional image of communities in medieval India as self-sufficient, changeless, and autonomous entities, it takes up the case of the Meos of Mewat to argue that these communities have regularly undergone profound socio-economic changes, which are an integral part of their histories. The volume offers a historically nuanced perspective of the evolution of the identity of Meos. Delineating Mewat’s ecology and its impact on the economy, it lays bare the process of community formation among the Meos in the wake of their peasantization and Islamicization. Exploring the contours of this transformation in the larger backdrop of the establishment of a centralized state under the Sultanate and the Mughal rule, this work also throws light on the emergence of a new class of zamindars, namely the Rajputs and the Jats, at the cost of the old landed elites, namely the Khanzadas and the Meos—a phenomenon that generated significant agrarian turmoil in the rural society at large.

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Table of contents

List of Tables Acknowledgements A Note on Spelling and Transliteration Introduction 1. State Formation in Mewat: Relationship of the Khanzadas with the Delhi Sultanate, the Mughal State, and Other Regional Potentates 2. Natural Settings: Potential and Constraints 3. Social Formation of Meos: From Tribe to Caste 4. Resources of Mewat: Appropriation and Distribution 5. The Bhomias Conclusion Appendix: ‘Hasan Khan ki Katha’ Glossary Bibliography Index About the Author

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