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The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi

Abhishek Kaicker


An unprecedented exploration of the relationship between the Mughal emperor and his subjects in the space of the Mughal empire’s capital, The King and The People overturns an axiomatic assumption in the history of premodern South Asia: that the urban masses were merely passive objects of rule and remained unable to express collective political aspirations until the coming of colonialism. Set in the Mughal capital of Shahjahanabad (Delhi) from its founding to Nadir Shah’s devastating invasion of 1739, this book instead shows how the trends and events in the second half of the seventeenth centur ... More

Keywords: sovereignty, popular politics, Mughal, India, Delhi, Islam, satire, Nadir Shah, daulat

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190070670
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190070670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abhishek Kaicker, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley