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The Agrarian System of Mughal India by Irfan Habib
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“The Agrarian System of
Mughal India” is a book written by historian Irfan Habib. It was first
published in 1963 and provides an in-depth analysis of the agrarian system and
economy of the Mughal Empire in India during the 16th and 17th centuries. The
book covers topics such as land revenue systems, land tenure, and agricultural
production. It is considered to be a classic work in the field of Mughal
history and agrarian studies. The book is based on primary sources and
provides a detailed and nuanced understanding of the agrarian system of the
Mughal Empire which has shaped the Indian society as it is today.

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In the book, Habib argues that
the Mughal agrarian system was characterized by a high degree of state
intervention, with the Mughal state actively controlling land revenue and land
tenure. He also argues that the Mughal state was able to maintain a high level
of agricultural production, despite the fact that the empire was often plagued
by political instability and military conflicts.

The book also examines the role
of the zamindars, who were intermediaries between the state and the
cultivators, and the impact of their activities on the agrarian system. It also
looks at the impact of the Mughal state’s policies on the lives of cultivators and the rural population.

One of the key contributions of
the book is that it challenges the traditional view that the Mughal agrarian
system was based on a system of feudalism, and instead argues that it was a
unique system that cannot be compared to feudal systems in Europe. It also
provides a detailed account of the various factors that contributed to the
decline of the Mughal agrarian system in the 18th century.

Overall, “The Agrarian
System of Mughal India” is a seminal work that provides a comprehensive
and nuanced understanding of the Mughal agrarian system and its role in shaping Indian society. It is considered a must-read for scholars and students of
Mughal history and agrarian studies.


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