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Fathpur Sikri Revisited$
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Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198084037

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198084037.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Fathpur Sikri Revisited

Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi

Oxford University Press

This chapter contains some of the basic questions which are taken up to be answered in the subsequent chapters. The question of the nature of the empire under Akbar is also taken up. What are the basic interpretations so far? A critique of the theory of the Mughal Empire as a patrimonial-bureaucratic empire as well as a survey of the existing works on Fathpur Sikri is attempted in this introduction.

Keywords:   mansab, khalisa, patrimonial-bureaucratic empire, E.W. Smith, Satish Dawar, Brand and Lowry, S.A.A. Rizvi, Petruccioli, Ebba Koch, John F. Richards, Irfan Habib

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