The Office of Akhbār Nawīs: The Transition from Mughal to British Forms

Title:
The Office of Akhbār Nawīs: The Transition from Mughal to British Forms
Authors:
Fisher, Michael H.
Abstract:
The persistence and yet transformation of the office of akhbār nawīs (‘newswriter’) reflected fundamental aspects of the transition from the Mughal to the British Empires. The Mughals appointed akhbār nawīs to collect and transmit specific kinds of information. This office continued, albeit with new functions, through the decentralizing of political power that characterized eighteenth-century South Asia. The expansion fo hte English East India Company meant constant change in the essential nature of political relations, changes mirrored in this office. Indeed, the Company, and its political Residents, subordinated and redefined this office. Under the British Raj, the concept ‘akhbār nawīs’ stood transformed, like the nature of the information it conveyed.
Citation:
Fisher, Michael H. 1993. "The Office of Akhbār Nawīs: The Transition from Mughal to British Forms." Modern Asian Studies 27(1): 45-82.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
DATE ISSUED:
1993-02
Department:
History
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1017/S0026749X00016073
Notes:
Special Issue: How Social, Political and Cultural Information Is Collected, Defined, Used and Analyzed
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/601503

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dc.contributor.authorFisher, Michael H.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-17T12:18:46Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-17T12:18:46Zen
dc.date.issued1993-02en
dc.identifier.citationFisher, Michael H. 1993. "The Office of Akhbār Nawīs: The Transition from Mughal to British Forms." Modern Asian Studies 27(1): 45-82.en
dc.identifier.issn0026-749Xen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/601503en
dc.description.abstractThe persistence and yet transformation of the office of akhbār nawīs (‘newswriter’) reflected fundamental aspects of the transition from the Mughal to the British Empires. The Mughals appointed akhbār nawīs to collect and transmit specific kinds of information. This office continued, albeit with new functions, through the decentralizing of political power that characterized eighteenth-century South Asia. The expansion fo hte English East India Company meant constant change in the essential nature of political relations, changes mirrored in this office. Indeed, the Company, and its political Residents, subordinated and redefined this office. Under the British Raj, the concept ‘akhbār nawīs’ stood transformed, like the nature of the information it conveyed.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherCambridge University Pressen
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/S0026749X00016073en_US
dc.subject.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.titleThe Office of Akhbār Nawīs: The Transition from Mughal to British Formsen_US
dc.typeArticleen
dc.description.notesSpecial Issue: How Social, Political and Cultural Information Is Collected, Defined, Used and Analyzeden_US
dc.identifier.journalModern Asian Studiesen
dc.identifier.volume27en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.startpage45en_US
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Modern Asian Studiesen
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