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Pouvoir impérial et élites dans l’Inde moghole de Jahāngīr (1605-1627)

Abstract : This book is the first academic monograph devoted to the reign of the fourth Mughal emperor Jahāngīr (1605-1627) since the publication of Beni Prasad’s History of Jahangir in 1922. Rather than offering a linear history of this relatively neglected Mughal figure, the essay provides a thorough reexamination of his dispensation through the combined reading of a wide range of imperial and non-imperial materials (chronicles, memoirs, religious literature and administrative documents written in Persian as well as vestiges of contemporary material cultures). In doing so, it uncovers the shifts that characterized Mughal rule during the first quarter of the seventeenth century with respect to the definition and projection of imperial authority, the management of ethno-religious diversity and state centralism. Laying the groundwork for a global reconsideration of Mughal power in the time of Jahāngīr, the prologue begins with a discussion of the historiographical processes which presided over the monarch’s categorization as a political lightweight. Through a kaleidoscopic analysis of Jahāngīrī imperium, the core of the book then produces a new interpretation thereof while confronting it with the various conceptions and forms of power active within the circle of Mughal elites, whatever the specialization (military, administrative, religious) of these elites and whether or not they were engaged in state service. Finally, the epilogue opens up the discussion by exploring the relations between the Mughal empire and two other major polities of early modern Muslim Asia—Safavid Iran and the Chingīzid khanate of Central Asia.
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Corinne Lefèvre. Pouvoir impérial et élites dans l’Inde moghole de Jahāngīr (1605-1627). Les Indes savantes, 2017, 978-2-84654-474-0. ⟨halshs-01947254⟩



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