Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the by Nile Green

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.

Show description

Read or Download Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society) PDF

Best great britain books

A History of Wales 1906-2000 (University of Wales Press - Histories of Wales)

A historical past of Wales, 1906-2000 is the fourth quantity in a chain starting in 1485. This valuable survey examines the most monetary, social, political and cultural advancements of hte final century in Wales. Wales has gone through sweeping alterations throughout the 20th century, with the decline of these robust forces which as soon as formed Welsh life--agriculture, and religion--and the emergence of a Europeanized, devolved Wales in the direction of the start of the hot millennium.

Racial Crossings: Race, Intermarriage, and the Victorian British Empire (Oxford Historical Monographs)

The Victorians have been eager about intersections among various races. no matter if in sexual or family partnerships, in interracial young children, racially various groups or societies, those 'racial crossings' have been a long-lasting Victorian hindrance. yet in an period of imperial growth, while slavery used to be abolished, colonial wars have been fought, and Britain itself was once reformed, those issues have been greater than educational.

An Audience with an Elephant: And Other Encounters on the Eccentric Side

A compendium of the oddest and such a lot eccentric commute tales. Exploring forgotten counties like Northamptonshire or the wilder reaches of Wales, Byron Rogers chronicles a mystery historical past of england, touching, hilarious, even magical - and of the intense lives of normal humans.

Marlborough's America

Students of British the US mostly finish that the early eighteenth-century Anglo-American empire was once advertisement in economics, liberal in politics, and parochial in coverage, somnambulant in an period of “salutary neglect,” yet Stephen Saunders Webb the following demonstrates that the yankee provinces, lower than the spur of warfare, grew to become capitalist, coercive, and competitive, due to the lively management of profession military officials, educated and nominated to American executive by way of the captain basic of the allied armies, the 1st duke of Marlborough, and that his impression, and that of his legates, prevailed in the course of the whole century in the US.

Additional resources for Islam and the Army in Colonial India: Sepoy Religion in the Service of Empire (Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society)

Example text

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.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.48 of 5 – based on 33 votes