Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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, inhabitants of India, who claim to be the modern representatives of the Ks̲h̲atriyas of ancient tradition. (From the Sanskrit rād̲j̲aputra “a king’s son”. For the connection between Rād̲j̲anya and Ks̲h̲atriya see Macdonell and Keith, Vedic Index, i., s. v. Kṣatriya). The term Rād̲j̲pūt has no racial significance. It simply denotes a tribe, clan, or warlike class, the members of which claim aristocratic rank, a claim generally reinforced by Brahman recognition.

The origin of the Rād̲j̲pūts is a problem which bristles with difficulties. The theory which at present …

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Davies, C. Collin, “Rād̲j̲pūts”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 09 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3652>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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