By Nile Green
Set in Hyderabad within the mid-nineteenth and early 20th centuries, this booklet, a examine of the cultural global of the Muslim infantrymen of colonial India, specializes in the warriors' relationships with the faqir holy males who secure them and the British officials they served. Drawing on Urdu in addition to eu resources, the booklet makes use of the biographies of Muslim holy males and their army fans to recreate the intense come across among a barracks tradition of miracle tales, carnivals, drug-use and insanity with a colonial tradition of mutiny memoirs, Evangelicalism, magistrates and the asylum. It explores the ways that the colonial military helped advertise this sepoy faith whereas even as trying to regulate and suppress convinced elements of it. The e-book brings to mild the lifestyles of a unique 'barracks Islam' and indicates its value to the cultural at least the army background of colonial India.
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1142/1729), the well-known Hyderabadi saints Shāh Yūsuf al-dīn Qādirī (d. 1121/1709) and Shāh Sharaf al-dīn Qādirī (d. c. 1121/1709). Like Nizām al-dīn, both holy men travelled in the Deccan with the Mughal armies of conquest. A narrative concerning them that is told in both Hyderabad and Delhi reﬂects the setting of the imperial camp in the story of Nizām al-dīn. The timing of the narrative, like that of Nizām al-dīn’s intercession at the battle of Shakar Khera, is decisively ﬁxed within a clear historical framework and relates to the Mughal conquest of Hyderabad’s predecessor city of Golkonda in 1098/1687.
27 Such was the cost to the Nizam’s treasury of maintaining this army that by the middle of the nineteenth century the state was effectively bankrupt. In 1853, the government of the fourth Nizam, Nāsir al-Dawla (r. 1244/ 1829–1273/1857), was forced to surrender to the British the agriculturally rich northern province of Berar, along with the districts of Osmanabad and Raichur, in lieu of arrears. As a result of the Berar ﬁasco, the Hyderabadi armies were once again reorganised in such a way as to maximise British inﬂuence, and it was during this period of reorganisation that the cavalry and infantry regiments became collectively known as the Hyderabad Contingent.
29 In addition to the Bolarum barracks, the Contingent maintained a network of military stations all over the Nizam’s State, between which its different regiments were moved regularly. 30 As time passed, the larger of these cantonments – especially those of Secunderabad and Aurangabad – constituted independent towns in their own right, governed by their own British-run administration and answerable to the laws of British India rather than of Hyderabad. 31 Not merely military outposts, the Contingent’s cantonments were little colonies advertising and exporting the empire.