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Ancient Indian kingship has been a richly researched and theorized topic in Indology and history. Its interpretation has been remarkably complex, being linked to theories of caste and the state in classical India. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, kingship was deemed a key part of India’s overall civilizational attainment, and in the colonial period, it formed the pretext for administrative policy. Like Hin…

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Ali, Daud, “Kingship”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online, Editor-in-Chief Associate Editors Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 May 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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