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Pālānpur

(415 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, État princier musulman de l’Inde, qui fait actuellement partie de l’État du Gujarat de l’Union indienne, mais qui, à l’époque britannique, était inclus dans la Western India States Agency. Le territoire incorporé dans cette Agence comprenait le pays anciennement connu sous le nom de Kāthiāwār, en même temps que les agences de Cutch et de Pālānpur. Sa création, en octobre 1924, marqua la fin du contrôle politique du Gouvernement de Bombay et le début de relations directes avec le Gouvernement d…

Amīr K̲h̲ān

(273 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
(1768-1834) célèbre chef de bande Paṭhān et associé de Ḏj̲aswant Rāo Holkar, naquit à Sambhal dans le district de Murādābād dans le Rohilkhand. Étant jeune homme, il fut employé, ainsi que ses partisans, par plusieurs zamindārs et fonctionnaires Marāṭha comme troupes sihbandi pour percevoir les impôts. Il devint rapidement un chef de bande, et, en cette qualité, fut successivement utilisé par les souverains de Bhopāl, Indore et Ḏj̲aypūr. En 1798, il reçut le titre de nawāb qui lui fut donné par Ḏj̲aswant Rāo Holkar. L’année suivante, il pilla Saugor et les environs. En 1809, il ¶ s’allia …

Bāonī

(156 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, autrefois très petit État musulman de la Bundelk̲h̲and Agency de l’Inde centrale; il fait maintenant partie du Madhya Pradesh. Superficie: 315 km2; population: 25 256 hab., dont seulement 12% sont musulmans. Ses souverains descendaient de ʿImād al-mulk G̲h̲āzī al-dīn, petit-fils d’Āṣaf Ḏj̲āh, niẓām de Ḥaydarābād. Vers 1784, G̲h̲āzī al-dīn négocia un accommodement avec les Marāthās qui lui concédèrent un d̲j̲āgīr de 52 villages; le nom de Bāonī vient de bāwan (cinquante-deux). Cette cession fut plus tard reconnue par les Anglais. La loyauté du nawāb pendant le révolte de 1857 …

Pand̲j̲āb

(3,123 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin | Talbot, I.
(en persan «pays des cinq rivières», province située dans le Nord-ouest du souscontinent indo-pakistanais. Avant la «partition», l’Inde britannique comprenait toute cette partie de l’empire indien, à l’exception de la province Frontière du Nord-ouest et du Kas̲h̲mīr, du Nord du Sindh et du Rād̲j̲pūtāna ainsi que l’Ouest de la Ḏj̲amna. Géographiquement, par conséquent, il renferme plus de régions que son nom ne l’implique: en effet, en plus de la région arrosée par le Ḏj̲helum, le Čināb, le Rāwī, le Beās et le Satled̲j̲, il comprend le plateau de ¶ Sirhind entre le Satled̲j̲ et la Ḏ…

Pargana

(662 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, mot hindi venant d’une racine sanskrite dont le sens est «calculer, compter» et qui était employé dans l’administration indo-islamique pour désigner un groupe de villages, une subdivision d’un district ou serkār [voir Mug̲h̲als. III. Organisation administrative et sociale ]. Dans l’usage anglo-indien postérieur, ce terme était souvent transcrit pergunnah (voir Yule et Burnell, Hobson- Jobson, 698-9). La première occurrence de ce terme dans les chroniques du sultanat de Dihlī semble être dans le Taʾrīk̲h̲- I Fīrūz S̲h̲āhī de S̲h̲ams-i Sirād̲j̲ ʿAfīf ( Bibliotheca Indica, Calcu…

Ḏj̲unnar

(127 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, ville de l’État indien de Bombay, à 90 km. au Nord de Poona. Sa proximité du col de Nānā a fait d’elle un centre commercial important reliant le Deccan à la côte occidentale. Le fort de Ḏj̲unnar fut construit par Malik al-Tud̲j̲d̲j̲ār en 840/ 1436. Le district qui l’entoure était un des tarafs ou provinces du royaume Bahmamde du Deccan sous l’administration de Maḥmūd Gāwān [ q.v.]. H fit ensuite partie du sultanat d’Aḥmadnagar. En 1067/ 1657, la ville fut pillée par S̲h̲īwād̲j̲ī, chef mahratte qui était né dans le fort de la colline voisine de Shiwnēr. Les co…

Akbar

(1,599 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, Abū l-Fatḥ Ḏj̲alāl al-dīn Muḥammad (15 oct. 1542-16 oct. 1605) le plus grand des empereurs mug̲h̲als de l’Inde, né à Umarkot, au Sind, alors que son père Humāyūn, qui avait été chassé par l’usurpateur afg̲h̲ān S̲h̲īr S̲h̲āh Sūr, fuyait yers la Perse. Petit-fils de Bābūr, il descendait à la fois des Turcs tīmūrides et des Mongols Čag̲h̲atāy. Sa mère, Ḥamīda Bānū, était persane. Après treize ans d’exil, Humāyūn, profitant du déclin de la puissance Sūr, décida de tenter la reconquête de l’Hindūstān. P…

Rād̲j̲pūts

(1,814 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, habitants de l’Inde, qui se prétendent les actuels représentants des Ks̲h̲atriyas de l’ancienne tradition. (Du sanscrit rād̲j̲aputra, «fils de roi». Sur le rapport entre Rād̲j̲anya et Ks̲h̲atriya, voir Macdonell et Keith, Vedic index, I, s.v. Kṣatriya). Le terme de Rad̲j̲pūt n’a pas de signification ethnique; il ne concerne qu’une tribu, un clan, ou une classe guerrière, dont les membres se réclament d’un rang aristocratique, cette prétention se trouvant généralement renforcée par une confirmation brahmane. L’origine des Rād̲j̲pūts est un problème hérissé de difficul…

Ḏj̲ōd̲h̲pūr ou Mārwār

(344 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
était le plus grand des anciens États indiens de la Rajputana Agency, avec une superficie de 90 300 km2 et une population de 2 555 904 habitants (recensement de 1941). Il ne semble pas y avoir de preuves à l’appui de la légende rād̲j̲pūte selon laquelle l’État de Ḏj̲ōd̲h̲pūr fut fondé par les Rād̲j̲pūts de Kanawd̲j̲ après leur défaite aux mains de Muḥammad de G̲h̲ūr en 590/1194. Siyāhd̲j̲ī, le fondateur de la dynastie rāthōr de Ḏj̲ōd̲h̲pūr, descendait probablement des rād̲j̲ās rāthōr dont on trouve des inscriptions à Ḏj̲ōd̲h̲pūr dès le IVe/Xe s, La ville de Ḏj̲ōd̲h̲pūr date de 863/14…

ʿAbd al-Raḥmān K̲h̲ān

(947 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
(1844-1901), émir d’Afg̲h̲ānistān, était le fils de Afḍal Ḵh̲ān, fils aîné survivant de Dost Muhammad Ḵh̲ān, fondateur de la dynastie Barakzāy en Afg̲h̲ānistān. En 1853, il se rendit au Turkestān afghan, où son père servait comme gouverneur de Balk̲h̲. Malgré son jeune âge, il participa à une série d’opérations qui eurent pour résultat l’extension du pouvoir de Dost Muhammad sur Katag̲h̲ān, Badak̲h̲s̲h̲ān et Derwāz. Dost Muhammad avait choisi comme successeur, avant sa mort en 1863, son fils S̲…

Mastūd̲j̲

(340 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, village, fort et district de la haute vallée du Yārk̲h̲ūn, autrefois inclus dans la «Political Agency» de Dīr, Swāt et Čitrāl de la «North-West Frontier Provice» de l’Inde britannique, et aujourd’hui au Pakistan. Ce lieu semble avoir fait partie de l’ancien territoire de Śyāmāka (Sylvain Lévi, dans JA, 11e série, V, 76; H. Lüders, Beiträge zur Geschichte und Géographie von Ostturkeslan, 1930, 29 sqq.). Stein identifie Mastūd̲j̲ avec le territoire de Čüwei du S̲h̲ang-mi qui fut visité par le pèlerin chinois Wu-K’ung au VIIIe siècle de J.-C. ( Ancienl Kholan, Oxford 1907, 15-16 n.; l…

Bāra

(857 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, Sayyids, descendants de Sayyid Abū l-Faraḥ de Wāsiṭ, près de Bag̲h̲dād, qui, avec ses douze fils, émigra dans l’Inde au VIIe/XIIIe s.; ils s’établirent dans quatre villages proches de Patiāla, dans le sarkār de Sirhand ( sūba de Dihlī). Les quatre principales branches de la famille étaient désignées par les noms de ces villages. Sayyid Dāwūd s’établit à Tihanpūr, Sayyid Abū l-Faḍl à Čhatbanūr ou Čhatrauri, Sayyid Abū l-Faḍāʾil à Kūndlī et Sayyid Naẓm al-dīn Ḥusayn à Jagner ou Jhajari. De cette région, ils émigrèrent par la suite dans le district de Muẓaffarnagar ( doāb de Gange-Jumna). …

Nūr Ḏj̲ahān

(446 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
nom donné à Mihr al-Nisāʾ, la fameuse épouse de l’empereur mug̲h̲al Ḏj̲ahāngīr. Elle naquit à Ḳandahār en 985/1577, alors que son père G̲h̲iyāt̲h̲ Beg émigrait de Perse en Hindustān ( Maʾāt̲h̲ir al-umarāʾ, I, 129). Sous le règne d’Akbar, elle fut mariée à ʿAlī Ḳulī Beg, un Persan qui avait rendu de distingués services militaires à l’empereur et qui, à cause de sa bravoure, était surnommé S̲h̲īr Afg̲h̲ān. L’assassinat de son premier mari demeurera toujours un sujet de controverse, les uns y voyant une répétition de l’histoire …

Mohmand

(1,202 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin | Bosworth, C.E.
, nom d’une tribu pathāne ou Afg̲h̲āne demeurant sur la Frontière Nord-ouest de ce qui était autrefois l’Inde britannique et constitue aujourd’hui la frontière entre le Pakistan et l’Afg̲h̲ānistān. En fait, les Mohmand sont à cheval sur la frontière, et leurs membres, estimés à 400 000 environ, sont répartis entre les deux pays. Leurs territoires partent du Nord-ouest du district de Pes̲h̲āwar, couvrent à l’Est ceux des Mālākand et des Yūsufzay et s’étendent à l’Ouest jusqu’à la frontière afg̲h̲āne et au delà, puis, au Nord, vers l’État princier de Dīr [ q.v.]. L’Agency des Mohmand, c…

Rāmpur

(1,137 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, ancien Etat princier musulman du Rohilk̲h̲and [ q.v.] dans l’Inde du Nord. A l’époque ¶ britannique, l’Etat était placé sous le contrôle politique du gouvernement des Provinces Unies. Dans l’Union Indienne (après 1947), Rāmpur devint un district de l’Uttar Prades̲h̲, limité au Nord par Nainī Tal, à l’Est par Bareilly, au Sud par Badāʾūn et à l’Ouest par les districts de Murādābād. Il couvre une superficie de 2 318 km2 et compte une population (1961) de 701 537 habitants; en 1931, 45% étaient musulmans. L’histoire ancienne de Rāmpur est celle du développement de la puissance des Rohillas [ q…

Bhaṭṭi

(167 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, forme en pand̲j̲ābī du mot rad̲j̲pūt Bhāti, nom d’une tribu rad̲j̲pūte largement répandue dans la zone s’étendant de Jaisalmer à la région occidentale du Pand̲j̲āb, entre Fatḥābād et Bhatnair. De nombreux membres de cette tribu, établis au Pand̲j̲āb, donnèrent leur adhésion à l’Islam. Selon une de leurs traditions, les Jādons de Jaisalmer furent amenés du Zābulistān au Pand̲j̲āb et au Rad̲j̲pūtāna, la branche fixée dans le Rad̲j̲pūtāna étant nommée Bhāti. Les références, fournies par le Čač-nāma, au roi bhaṭṭi de Ramai, dans le désert de Thar, confirment les légendes …

Saʿādat ʿAlī K̲h̲ān

(602 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin | Bosworth, C. E.
, nawāb d’Awadh, ou Oudh (règn. 1798-1814). Son frère Āṣaf al-dawla était mort en septembre 1797, mais après un intérim de quatre mois, le fils putatif de ce dernier, Wazīr ʿAlī Ḵh̲ān fut écarté, et le gouverneur-général britannique Sir John Shore installa à sa place Saʿādat ʿAlī Ḵh̲ān, qui vivait sous protection britannique à Bénarès depuis 1776. Son règne est intéressant pour avoir coïncidé avec l’extension du contrôle britannique sur les territoires d’Awadh. Un traité conclu avec le dernier n…

Afrīdī

(1,687 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, nom d’une grande et puissante tribu Pathān comprenant un nombre de combattants évalué à 50.000, à la frontière Nord-Ouest du Pakistan. Le territoire occupé par les Afrīdīs s’étend des contreforts orientaux du Safīd Kūh à travers la moitié Nord de Tirāh et la passe de Khyber (Ḵh̲aybar [ q.v.]) jusqu’aux régions Ouest et Sud du district de Pes̲h̲āwar. Il est limité à l’Est par les régions colonisées du Pakistan, au Nord par le territoire des Mohmunds, à l’Ouest par les S̲h̲inwārīs, et au Sud par les tribus Ōrakzay et Bangas̲h̲. Les Afrīdīs se …

Ayyūb K̲h̲ān

(296 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, quatrième fils de S̲h̲ir ʿAlī, amīr d’Afg̲h̲ānistān, et frère de Yaʿḳūb Ḵh̲ān. Comme tous les souverains d’Afg̲h̲ānistān, S̲h̲īr ʿAlī éprouva des difficultés avec ses fils. Quand, en 1873, il désigna son fils favori ʿAbd Allāh Ḏj̲ān comme héritier présomptif, Ayyūb Ḵh̲ān s’enfuit en Perse. En 1879, lorsque Yaʿḳūb Ḵh̲ān succéda à S̲h̲īr ʿAlī comme amīr, Ayyūb Ḵh̲ān revint en Afg̲h̲ānistān et fut nommé gouverneur de Herāt. Vers la fin de la ¶ seconde guerre afghane (1878-80), le gouvernement de Lord Lytton choisit un prince Sadōzai, du nom de S̲h̲īr ʿAlī, comme wālī de Ḳandahār. Il fut…

Pānīpat

(669 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin | Bosworth, C.E.
, ville du Nord de l’Inde (lat. 29° 24´ N, long. 76° 58´ E.), à 86 km au Nord de Dihli. C’est aussi le nom du taḥṣīl le plus méridional du district de Karnāl, que constituait dans l’Inde britannique la province du Pand̲j̲āb [ q.v], mais est, depuis 1947, dans la partie orientale ou indienne de cette ancienne province, dans celle de Haryana de l’Union Indienne actuelle. A trois reprises, le sort de l’Hindustān s’est joué dans la plaine de Pānīpat: en 1526, quand Bābur [ q.v.], le Turc Barlās, battit Ibrāhīm Lodī [ q. v. ]; en 1556, quand Akbar [ q. v. ] écrasa les forces de Hēmū; enfin, en 1761, q…

Awrangābād Sayyid

(31 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, petite ville dans le district de Bulands̲h̲ahr de l’Uttar Pradesh, fondée en 1704 par Sayyid ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz, descendant de Sayyid Ḏj̲alāl al-Ḥusayn de Buk̲h̲ārā. (C. Collin Davies)

Rādhanpūr

(357 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, a former princely state, headed by a Nawwāb [ q.v.], of British India, at that time in the Pālānpūr [ q.v.] Agency of Bombay Province, now in the Gujarat State of the Indian Union. It is also the name of its capital (lat. 23° 49′ N., long. 7° 39′ E.), lying 90 km/56 miles to the southwest of Pālānpūr and to the east of the Rann of Cutch. The rulers of Rādhanpūr traced their descent from a Muslim adventurer who came to India from Isfahan about the middle of the 11th/17th century. His descendants became fawd̲j̲dārs and farmers of revenue in the Mug̲h̲al province of Gud̲j̲arāt [ q.v.]. Early in the 12t…

Pes̲h̲āwar

(1,459 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin | Bosworth, C.E.
, a city of Muslim India, in the northwestern part of the subcontinent, now in Pakistan (lat. 34° 01′ N., long. 71° 40′ E., altitude 320 m/1,048 ft.). In modern Pākistān, it is also the name of various administrative units centred on the city (see below). The district is bounded on the east by the river Indus, which separates it from the Pand̲j̲āb and Hazāra, and on the south-east by the Nīlāb G̲h̲as̲h̲a range which shuts it off from the district of Kō…

Doʾāb

(176 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, (Pers.) ‘two-waters’, corresponding to the Greek μεσοποταμία, is in the Indo-Pākistān subcontinent generally applied to the land lying between two confluent rivers, and more particularly to the fertile plain between the D̲j̲amnā and the Ganges in Uttar Prades̲h̲. The long tongues of land between the five rivers of the Pand̲j̲āb are also known as doʾābs . Between the Satlad̲j̲ and the ¶ Beʾās lies the Bist doʾāb ; between the Beʾās and the Rāwī, the Bārī doʾāb; between the Rawī and the Čenāb, the Rečnā doʾāb; between the Čenāb and the D̲j̲helam, the Čad̲j̲ or D̲j̲eč doʾāb; and between the …

Afrīdī

(1,680 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, the name of a large and powerful Paṭhān tribe, with an estimated fighting strength of 50,000, on the northwest frontier of Pākistān. The territories inhabited by the Afrīdīs stretch from the eastern spurs of the Safīd Kūh through the northern half of Tirāh and the Khyber (Ḵh̲aybar) [ q.v.] pass to the west and south of the Pes̲h̲āwar district. On the east they are bounded by the settled districts of Pākistān; on the north by the territories of the Mohmunds; on the west by the S̲h̲inwārīs; and on the south by the Ōrakzays and Bangas̲h̲ tribes…

ʿAbd al-Raḥmān K̲h̲ān

(915 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
(c. 1844-1901), Amīr of Afg̲h̲ānistān, was the son of Afḍal Ḵh̲ān, the eldest surviving son of Dōst Muḥammad Ḵh̲ān, the founder of the Barakzay dynasty in Afg̲h̲ānistān. In 1853 he proceeded to Afg̲h̲ān Turkistān where his father was serving as governor of Balk̲h̲. Despite his youth he took part in a series of operations which extended Dōst Muḥammad’s power over Katag̲h̲ān, Badak̲h̲s̲h̲ān, and Derwāz. Before his death in 1863 Dōst Muḥammad had nominated a younger son, S̲h̲īr ʿAlī, as his success…

Pālānpur

(413 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, a former, Muslim-ruled princely state of India, now in Gujarat State of the Indian Union but in British Indian times included in the Western India States Agency. The territory incorporated in this agency included the area formerly known as Kāthiāwār together with the Cutch and Pālanpūr agencies. Its creation in October 1924 marked the end of the political control of the Government of Bombay and the beginning of direct relations with the Government of India. The old Pālanpūr Agency with its headquarters at the town of Pālanpūr was a group of states in Gud̲j̲arāt [ q.v.] lying between 23° …

Rāwalpindi

(355 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin | Bosworth, C.E.
, the name of a city, district and division of the northern Pand̲j̲āb in Pākistān. The city lies in lat. 33° 40ʹ N. and long. 73° 08ʹ E. at an altitude of 530 m/1,750 feet. In British Indian times, it was one of the most important military stations of northern India, and is now the headquarters of the Pākistān Army, with extensive cantonments, as well as being an important commercial and industrial centre and the starting-point of the route into Kas̲h̲…

Pānīpat

(661 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin | Bosworth, C.E.
, a town of northern India (lat. 29° 24′ N., long. 76° 58′ E.) situated 86 km/57 miles north of Dihlī; it is also the name of the southernmost taḥṣīl in the Karnāl District of what was in British Indian times the province of the Pand̲j̲āb [ q.v.] but has since 1947 been in the eastern or Indian part of the divided province of the former Pand̲j̲āb, at present in Haryana province of the Indian Union. On three occasions has the fate of Hindustān been decided on the plain of Pānīpat: in 1526, when Bābur ¶ [ q.v.], the Barlās Turk, defeated Ibrāhīm Lōdī [ q.v.]; in 1556, when Akbar [ q.v.] crushed the forces …

Saʿādat ʿAlī K̲h̲ān

(599 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin | Bosworth, C.E.
, Nawāb of Awadh or Oudh (regn. 1798-1814). His brother Aṣaf al-Dawla had died in September 1797, but after a four months’ interim, Āṣaf al-Dawla’s putative son Wazīr ʿAlī Ḵh̲ān was set aside and the British governor-General Sir John Shore installed in his place Saʿādat ʿAlī Ḵh̲ān, who had been living under British protection in Benares since 1776. His reign is noteworthy for the extension of British control over the Oudh territories. A treaty concluded with the late Nawāb in 1775 had placed these terri…

Bāra Sayyids

(870 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, the descendants of Sayyid Abu ’l-Faraḥ of Wāsiṭ near Bag̲h̲dād, who with his twelve sons emigrated to India in the 7th/13th century and settled in four villages near Patiāla in the sarkār of Sirhand in the sūba of Dihlī. The four main branches of the farnily were named after these four villages. Sayyid Dāʾūd settled in Tihanpūr; Sayyid Abu ’l-Faḍl in Čhatbanūr or Čhatrauri; Sayyid Abu ’l-Faḍāʾil in Kūndlī; and Sayyid Naẓm al-Dīn Ḥusayn in Jagner or Jhajari. From this area they later migrated into the Muẓaffarnagar district of the Ganges-Jumna doāb . The Kundlīwāl…

Amīr K̲h̲ān

(279 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, 1768-1834, the famous Paṭhān predatory chief and associate of Ḏj̲aswant Rāo Holkar, was born at Sambhal in the Murādābād district of Rohilkhand. As a young man he and his adherents were employed by various zamindārs and Marāṭha officials as sihbandi troops for the collection of the revenues. He rapidly developed into a leader of banditti and as such was successively employed by the rulers of Bhopāl, Indore and Ḏj̲aypūr. In 1798 he received the title of nawāb from Ḏj̲aswant Rāo Holkar. The following year he plundered Saugor and the surrounding coun…

Abū Ṭālib K̲hān

(240 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
(1752-1806), the son of Ḥād̲j̲d̲j̲ī Muḥammad Beg, of Turkish descent, was born at Lucknow. His early years were spent in Murs̲h̲idābād at the court of Muẓaffar Ḏj̲ang. With the accession of Āṣaf al-Dawla (1775) he returned to Oudh and was appointed ʿamaldār of Itāwah and other districts. He also served as a revenue official under Colonel Hannay who farmed the country of Sarwār. He was later employed by Nathaniel Middleton, the English Resident, and was connected with Richard Johnson in the management of the confiscated d̲j̲āgīrs of the Begams of Oudh. He re…

Mullagorī

(238 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, the name of a tribe on the north-west frontier of Pakistan. They inhabit the hilly country around Tārtāra and Kambela to the north of the K̲h̲yber Pass, in the southern part of the Mohmand [ q.v.] territory. Their territories are bounded on the north by the Kābul river; on the west by the S̲h̲ilmānī country; on the south by the settlements of the Kuki K̲h̲ēl Afrīdīs; and on the east by the Pes̲h̲āwar district. The tribe is divided into three clans: the Aḥmad K̲h̲ēl, Ismāʿīl, and the Dawlat K̲h̲ēl. Like the Ṣāfīs and the S̲h̲ilmā…

Pargana

(691 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, a Hindi word, ultimately from a Sanskrit root “to compute, reckon up”, a term in Indo-Muslim administrative usage denoting an aggregate of villages, a subdivision of a district or sarkār [see mug̲h̲als. 3. Administrative and social organisation]. In later Anglo-Indian usage, the term was often rendered as pergunnah , see Yule and Burnell, Hobson-Jobson , a glossary of Anglo-Indian colloquial words and phrases, 698-9. The first reference to this term in the chronicles of the Sultanate of Dihlī appears to be in the Taʾrīk̲h̲-i Fīrūz S̲h̲āhī of S̲h̲ams-i Sirād̲j̲ ʿAfīf ( Bibliotheca Ind…

D̲jō̲ōd̲h̲pur

(326 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
or Mārwāŕ was the largest of the former Indian States in the Rajputana Agency with an area of 36,120 sq.m. and a population of 2,555,904 (1941 Census). There appears to be no evidence to support the Rād̲j̲pūt legend that the state of D̲j̲ōdhpur was founded by the Rād̲j̲pūts of Kanawd̲j̲ after their defeat by Muḥammad of G̲h̲ūr in 590/1194. Siyāhd̲j̲ī, the founder of the Rāthōr dynasty of D̲j̲ōdhpur, was probably descended from Rāthōr rād̲j̲ās whose inscriptions are found in …

Ayyūb K̲h̲ān

(280 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, the fourth son of S̲h̲īr ʿAlī, Amīr of Afg̲h̲ānistān, and brother of Yaʿḳūb Ḵh̲ān. Like all rulers of Afg̲h̲ānistān, S̲h̲īr ʿAlī had trouble with his sons. When, in 1873, he nominated his favourite son ʿAbd Allāh Ḏj̲ān as his heir-apparent, Ayyūb Ḵh̲ān fled to Persia. In 1879, when Yaʿḳūb Ḵh̲ān succeeded S̲h̲īr ʿAlī as amïr, Ayyūb Ḵh̲ān returned to Afg̲h̲ānistān and was appointed governor of Harāt. Towards the end of the Second Afg̲h̲ān War (1878-80) Lord Lytton’s government selected a Sadōzai prince, named S̲h̲īr ʿAlī, as the wālī of Ḳandahār. From this pos…

Mahsūd

(1,056 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, the name of a Pat́hān tribe on the north-west frontier of Pakistan, in British Indian times the fiercest opponents there of British rule. The Mahsūds inhabit the heart of Wazīristān around Kāniguram and are s̲h̲ut off from Pakistan territory by the Bhittanni country. On all other sides they are flanked by Darwīs̲h̲ K̲h̲ēl Wazīrīs. It is now generally accepted that they left their original home in the Birmal hills of modern Afg̲h̲ānistān sometime towards the close of the 8th/14th century and gr…

Bālā-G̲h̲āt

(133 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
(“above the g̲h̲āts or passes”), a name given to several elevated tracts in central and southern India. It was usually applied to the highlands above the passes through the Western G̲h̲āts. On the east side of the Indian peninsula it was the term used to distinguish the Carnatic plateau from the Carnatic Pāʿīng̲h̲āt or lowlands. In Berār it was the name of the upland country above the Ad̲j̲anta pass, the most northerly part of the table-land of the Deccan. It was also applied…

Berār

(398 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, formerly a province of British India consisting of the four districts of Amraotī, Akola, Buldāna, and Yeotmāl; area: 17,809 sq.m.; population: 3,604,866 of whom 335,169 were Muslims (1941 Census). Under British rule it was administered as part of the Central Provinces. It has recently been incorporated in the Bombay State. The territories of the Vākātakas, comtemporaries of the Guptas, roughly corresponded to modern Berār. It was first invaded by Muslims in 1294 but was not permanently occupied until 1318. It formed the northernmost province ( ṭaraf ) of th…

Bhaṭṭi

(164 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, the Pand̲j̲āb form of the Rad̲j̲put word Bhāti, the name of a widely distributed Rad̲j̲pūt tribe associated with the area stretching from Jaisalmer to the western tract of the Pand̲j̲āb between Fatḥābād and Bhatnair. Large numbers of those settled in the Pand̲j̲āb accepted Islam. According to one of their traditions the Jādons of Jaisalmer were driven from Zābulistān to the Pand̲j̲āb and Rād̲j̲putāna, the branch settling in Rād̲j̲putāna being named Bhāti. The references in the Čač-nama to the Bhaṭṭi king of Ramal in the Thar desert confirm the legends preserved in Tod’s Annals and ant…

Rād̲j̲pūts

(1,676 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, 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 was held earl…

Akbar

(1,592 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, abu ’l-fatḥ ḏj̲alāl al-dīn muḥammad (15 Oct. 1542-16 Oct. 1605), the greatest of the Mug̲h̲al emperors of India, was born at Umarkot in Sind while his father Humāyūn, who had been ousted by the Afg̲h̲ān usurper S̲h̲īr S̲h̲āh Sūr, was escaping to Persia. A grandson of Bābur, he was both a Tīmūrid Turk and a Čag̲h̲atāy Mongol. His mother, Ḥamīda Bānū, was a Persian. After thirteen years of exile Humāyūn, because of the decline of Sūr power, decided to attempt the reconquest of H…

Buxar

(164 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, a town on the south bank of the Ganges in the S̲h̲āhābād district of the Patna division of the Indian State of Bihār. Population: 18,087. (1951 Census). It seems to have been a place of great sanctity in ancient times and was originally called Vedagarbha ‘the womb of the Vedas’. Local tradition derives the name of the town from a tank originally called aghsar , or effacer of sins, which was later changed to baghsar , the tiger tank. It was at Buxar, on 23 October 1764, that the forces of Mīr Ḳāsim, ex-nawāb of Bengal, and S̲h̲ud̲j̲āʿ al-Dawla, na…

Awrangābād Sayyid

(31 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, a small town in the Bulands̲h̲ahr district of Uttar Pradesh, founded in 1704 by Sayyid ʿAbd al-ʿAzīz, a descendant of Sayyid Ḏj̲alāl al-Ḥusayn of Buk̲h̲ārā. (C. Collin-Davies)

Bād̲j̲awr

(239 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, tract of mountainous country in the Dīr, Swāt, and Čitrāl agency of the Pes̲h̲āwar division, West Pākistān. It is bounded on the north by Dīr; on the east by Dīr and Swāt; on the southeast and south by the Utmān Ḵh̲ēl and Mamund territories; and on the west by Afg̲h̲ānistān. It has an area of about 5,000 square miles and is intersected by five valleys—the Čahārmung, Bābūkara, Watalai, Rūd, and Sūr Kamar. In the absence of any census the population has been estimated at 100,000. Bād̲j̲awr is th…

Awrangābād

(237 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, a town and district in the state of Bombay having in 1951 a population of 1,179,404. During the reign of ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn Ḵh̲ald̲j̲ī the Hindu rulers of this part of the Deccan were forced to pay tribute to the Muslim invaders. In 1347 it was incorporated in the Bahmanī kingdom and with the disintegration of that kingdom became part of the Niẓām S̲h̲āhī sultanate of Aḥmadnagar. Under Malik ʿAmbar, an able Abyssinian minister, Aḥmadnagar offered a stubborn resistance to the Mug̲h̲al invaders, but, …

Mastūd̲j̲

(350 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, village, fort, and district in the upper Yārkhūn valley formerly included in the Dīr, Swat and Citrāl Political Agency of the North-West Frontier Province of British India and now in Pakistan. It apparently formed part of the ancient territory of Syāmāka (Sylvain Lévi, in JA, ser. 11, vol. v, 76; and H. Lüders, Weitere Beiträge zur Geschichte und Geographie von Ostturkestan , 1930, 29 ff.). Stein identifies Mastūd̲j̲ with the territory of Čü-wei or S̲h̲ang-mi which was visited by the Chinese pilgrim Wu-k’ung in the 8th century A.D. ( Ancient Khotan , Oxford 1907, i, 15-16, Serindia

Rād̲j̲pūts

(1,638 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
, 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 …

Orissa

(512 words)

Author(s): Davies, C. Collin
(Odra-deça), a part of the modern Indian province of Bihar and Orissa, has an area of 13,706 square miles and a population of 5,306,142, of which only 124,463 profess the Muslim faith. For administrative purposes it is divided into the five districts of Cuttack, Balasore, Purl, Angul and Sambalpur. There are in addition twenty-four native states, the Orissa feudatory states, with a population of 4,465,385, the Muḥammadans numbering only 17,100 (Census of India, 1931). Modern Orissa, which embraces the deltas of the Mahānadī and neighbouring rivers, extends from the Ba…
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