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By Bernard S. Cohn

Bernard Cohn's curiosity within the building of Empire as an highbrow and cultural phenomenon has set the time table for the tutorial examine of recent Indian tradition for over twenty years. His prior courses have proven how dramatic British ideas in India, together with profit and felony structures, resulted in basic structural alterations in Indian social kin. This number of his writings within the final fifteen years discusses parts within which the colonial effect has commonly been missed. The essays shape a multifaceted exploration of the ways that the British discovery, assortment, and codification of data approximately Indian society contributed to colonial cultural hegemony and political control.Cohn argues that the British Orientalists' research of Indian languages was once very important to the colonial venture of keep watch over and command. He additionally asserts that an area of colonial energy that appeared so much benign and such a lot prone to indigenous influences--mostly law--in truth grew to become answerable for the institutional reactivation of exceptionally British notions approximately easy methods to keep watch over a colonial society made of "others." He indicates how the very Orientalist mind's eye that resulted in fabulous antiquarian collections, archaeological unearths, and photographic forays have been in truth sorts of developing an India that may be higher packaged, inferiorized, and governed. a last essay on fabric indicates how outfits were a part of the historical past of either colonialism and anticolonialism.

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Qxd 6 • 4/1/08 1:31 PM Page 6 INTRODUCTION By the end of the 13th century, the top crust of military officers in the Delhi sultanate, initially dominated by the sultan’s Turkish slaves and the freeborn Tajik (Persian-speaking) officers, came to include—in addition to a number of Ghaurid aristocrats—men belonging to such ethnic groups as the Khaljis, Qaraunas (Turks serving under the Mongols), and more importantly, Indian converts to Islam. These Indian converts were looked down upon by others as upstarts and intruders.

Firuz Shah Tughlaq (1351–1388) did try to impose the jiziya as a poll tax on all Hindus, including the Brahmans, hitherto exempt, and this led to a strong protest by the Hindus of Delhi. In all probability, this measure petered out in Firuz Shah’s own lifetime. Subsequently, the jiziya was never properly levied in the Delhi sultanate or in any one of the successor states. The Delhi sultans, despite the religious bigotry of some of them, were generally obliged to be quite tolerant toward the public display of Hindu rites in the towns and localities controlled by the sultans, including the capital city of Delhi.

In 1446–1447, Daud Khan Auhadi proclaimed himself a sovereign ruler of Bayana. This short-lived dynasty was finally removed from Bayana by Sikandar Lodi in 1491–1492. At Bayana, several buildings constructed by the Auhadis have survived; some of them carry inscriptions. AWADH. Town on the Sarju River, about 250 kilometers west of Kanauj, that Ramcharitramanas of Tulsidas (1532–1623) made famous with its Sanskrit name Ayudhya. Annexed to the Delhi sultanate in the beginning of 13th century, Awadh came to represent a prestigious iqta‘ under Iltutmish (1211–1236).

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