Title The Ruling Elite: Iranian Nobility under Shahjahan and Aurangzeb
Author Mohammad Afzal Khan
ISBN 9788130913704
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 440
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2016
Original publisher Viva Books Private Limited
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The institution of nobility was the most important component in the administrative setup of the Mughal Empire, and next only to kingship in power and influence. These ruling elite acted as a catalyst of change in culture as well as in politics. This book is the first and most comprehensive study of the Iranian nobility, who constituted the largest and most powerful component of the Mughal ruling class during the reign of Shahjahan and Aurangzeb.

Based on first-hand research into original Persian sources, the book covers important topics like immigration from Iran under Shahjahan and Aurangzeb, the position of Iranians vis-a-vis other racial groups, the stratification of the nobility, family details of some of the prominent Iranians and the Iranian influence on Mughal art and architecture, in addition to giving a general historical account of the period.

There has been growing recognition of Mughal nobles’ central role in administration, society, cultural patronage and even in economic activities. This multidimensional character of the Mughal ruling class has become a fascinating subject of study among scholars. No specific study as yet has been made dealing exclusively with the Irani nobles who constituted the largest and most powerful component of the Mughal ruling class. This book is the first detailed and comprehensive attempt in this direction.


Foreword • Preface • Abbreviations • Introduction

Chapter 1. Iranian Nobility under Akbar and Jahangir

Chapter 2. Immigration from Iran under Shahjahan

Chapter 3. Immigration from Iran under Aurangzeb

Chapter 4. Position of Iranis as Mansab Holders
    (A) Under Shahjahan
    (B) Under Aurangzeb

Chapter 5. Iranis and the Major Offices in the Mughal Empire
    (A) Under Shahjahan
    (B) Under Aurangzeb

Chapter 6. Major Iranian Families
    I. I’timad-ud Daula’s Family
    II. Ali Mardan Khan’s Family
    III. Khawafis and Ma’amuris
    IV. Mir Jumla’s Family
    V. Others: Mirzas of Qandahar • Asad Khan’s Family • Family of Ruhullah Khan

Conclusion • Annexure • Bibliography • Index

About the Author:

Mohammad Afzal Khan studied at Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, for his honours and postgraduate degrees in medieval Indian history, and also obtained his M.Phil and Ph.D. degrees in history under the supervision of the late Prof. M. Athar Ali. His main area of research is the socio-cultural and political history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Mughal India, on which he has published a number of research papers in Indian and international journals as well as edited volumes. He retired as Professor of History from the Centre of Advanced Study in History, Aligarh Muslim University, and is currently working on his forthcoming book The Political Biography of a Mughal Noble: Shaista Khan.

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Students and academicians of Medieval History/ Mughal History.
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