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Hyderabad, British India, and the World
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This examination of the formally autonomous state of Hyderabad in a global comparative framework challenges the idea of the dominant British Raj as the sole sovereign power in the late colonial period. Beverley argues that Hyderabad's position as a subordinate yet sovereign 'minor state' was not just a legal formality, but that in exercising the right to internal self-government and acting as a conduit for the regeneration of transnational Muslim intellectual and political networks, Hyderabad was indicative of the fragmentation of sovereignty between multiple political entities amidst empires. By exploring connections with the Muslim world beyond South Asia, law and policy administration along frontiers with the colonial state, and urban planning in expanding Hyderabad City, Beverley presents Hyderabad as a locus for experimentation in global and regional forms of political modernity. This book recasts the political geography of late imperialism and historicises Muslim political modernity in South Asia and beyond.

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'Hyderabad formed the strongest Muslim link between colonial India and the world. By taking seriously its claims to sovereignty, Beverley carries Hyderabad beyond its colonial confines onto the larger stage of transnational history.'

Nile Green - University of California, Los Angeles

'Hyderabad was a seat of political experimentation and sub-imperial power that was both communal and cosmopolitan. More than a princely state, as Eric Lewis Beverley shows, it is an exemplar of alternative forms of territorialized sovereignty in British India and beyond.'

Antoinette Burton - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Contents

  • 1 - Minor sovereignties: Hyderabad among states and empires
    pp 19-53

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