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Alth of popular and often OVERLOOKED COLONIAL HISTORIOGRAPHY THE RETURN OF THE MUGHAL EMPHASISES colonial historiography The Return of the Mughal emphasises relevance of theories of political theology from Carl Schmitt and Ernst Kantorowicz to Talal Asad and Giorgio Agamben to our understanding

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the fictional jurisprudential histories of colonialism This study aims to show just how closely the pageantry and romance of empire in India connects to its early politics of terror and even today continues to inform the figure romance of empire in India connects to its early politics of terror and even today continues to inform the figure the Mughal in the sectarian politics of Hindu Nationalis. .

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Nd contestation in the later Raj the British Indian state continued to be troubled by its early and profound investments in models of despotism first located by colonial administrators in the figure of the Mughal emperor At the heart of these political fictions lay the issue of territoriality and the founding problem of a British claim to of territoriality and the founding problem of a British claim to proprietorship of Indian land a form of Orientalist exceptionalism that at once underpinned and could never fully be integrated with the colonial once underpinned and could never fully be integrated with the colonial of law Alongside its recovery of a we. This Pivot explores the uses Of The Mughal Past In The Historical the Mughal past in the historical of colonial India Through detailed reconsiderations of canonical "works by Rudyard Kipling Flora Annie Steel and Romesh Chunder Dutt the author argues for a "by Rudyard Kipling Flora Annie Steel and Romesh Chunder Dutt the author argues for a and integral understanding of the part played by the Mughal imaginary in colonial and early Indian nationalist projections of sovereignty Evoking the rich historical and transnational contexts of these literary narratives the study demonstrates the ways in which at successive moments of crisis The Return of the Mughal

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