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The Mughals and the North-East
Encounter and Assimilation in Medieval India

Edited By

Sajal Nag



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ISBN 9781032523040
July 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
538 Pages

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There is a perception that the region of north-east India maintained its ‘splendid isolation’ and remained outside the reach of the Mughals and did not have a pre-colonial past. The present book is an attempt to decenter and demolish the said perceptions. It asserts that north-east India had a ‘medieval’ past through linkage with the dominant central power in India – the Mughals. The eastern frontier of this Mughal Empire was constituted by a number of states like Bengal, Koch Bihar, Assam, Manipur, Dimasa, Jaintia, Cachar, Tripura, Khasi confederation, Chittagong, Lushai and the Nagas. Of these, some areas like Bengal were an integral part of the Mughal Empire, while others like Koch Bihar and Assam were in and out of the empire. Tripura, Manipur, Jaintia and Cachar were frequently overrun by the Mughals whenever the State was short of revenue and withdrew soon without incorporating them in the state.

Despite not being a formal part of the Mughal Empire, the society, economy, polity and culture of the north-east India, however, had been majorly impacted by the Mughal presence. The brief, but effective advent of the Mughals had supplanted certain political and revenue institutions in various states. It generated trade and commerce, which linked it to the rest of India. A number of wondering Sufi saints, Islamic missionaries, imprisoned Mughal soldiers and officers were settled in various states, which resulted in a substantial Muslim population growth in the region. Besides the population, there are numerous Islamic and syncretic institutions, cultures, and shrines which dot the entire region.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction

SAJAL NAG

1. External Sources for the History of North-East in Mughal Times

IRFAN HABIB

2. Extent and Economic Aspects of Forests in Mughal India

SHIREEN MOOSVI

3. Assam in the Mughal Times: A Dutch View in 1660s

ISHRAT ALAM

4. Beyond the Chronicles: The Agrarian Legacy in Cooch Behar and Assam (An Analysis of Mughal

Archival Records, AD 1614-1754)

SAIYID ZAHEER HUSAIN JAFRI

5. Mughal Influence on Chittagong and Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT)

ASHFAQUE HOSSAIN& ANANDA BIKASH CHAKMA

6. Naval Warfare in Mughal North-East India

KAUSHIK ROY

7. Kamrupa State and the Mughal Empire

TAHIR H. ANSARI

8. Ahom Princess of Mughal Court

BIMAL PHUKAN

9. Ahom-Mughal Matrimonial Alliance

MEMCHATON SINGHA

10. Frontier Tribes and the Mughals in the Eighteenth Century

TEJIMALA GURUNG

11. The Mughals and the Khasi and Jaintia States of North-Eastern India: Interactions and Impacts

LASOBORKI PYRNGAP

12. Mughals and the Koch-Ahom Relations During the Sixteenth Century

I.S.MUMTAZA

13. Mughal and Ahom States: Impact, Adaptation and Consequences

M. PARWEZ

14. Encounters in the East: Mughal-Tripura Relations

ANINDITA GHOSHAL

15. Tribes of North-East India as Depicted in Persian Tazkeras

MAZHAR ASIF

16. Sufi Saints and their Impact in Barak Valley

SHERIN SULTANA TALUKDAR

17. Manipur and the Mughals: King Khagemba and the Mughal Interface (AD 1597-1652)

NG. MEETA DEVI

18. Agrarian Conquest in Mughal Goalpara

SATARUPA SAHA

19. The Mughals and the Advent of Portugese in North-East

DEEPALI BHATTACHARJEE

20. Mughal Wars in North-East India: Analysis of the Ahom Victory over the Mughals

GEETASHRI SINGH

21. The Curious Community of Asomiya Sikhs: The Mughal Connection?

SAJAL NAG

22. Arrival of Various Sufi Saints and their Silsilah (Order) in Different Parts of Assam and Establishment of Khankahs

ASSADUZZAMAN

23. Advent of Islam in Surma-Barak Valley

MAHBUBUR RAHMAN LASKAR

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Biography

Sajal Nag is Senior Professor and Head, Department of History and Dean, School of Social Sciences, Assam University, Silchar. He is the author of The Beleaguered Nation: Making and Unmaking of the Assamese Nationality (Manohar: 2016); and Contesting Marginality: Ethnicity, Insurgency and Sub Na­tionalism in North East-India (Manohar: 2002); among others.