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The social worth of scribes: Brahmins, Kāyasthas and the social order in early modern India

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Often migrants into western India as servants of the Bahmani kings and Deccan Sultanate states, Maratha kāyasthas were newcomers into local societies whose Brahmin communities had hitherto commanded more exclusive possession of scribal and literate skills. From the mid-fifteenth century, periodic but intense disputes developed over kāyastha entitlement to the rituals of the twice-born. The issue was debated along the intellectual networks linking the Maratha country with pandit assemblies in ...

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10.1177/001946461004700406

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Oriental Studies Faculty
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Publisher:
SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
The Indian Economic and Social History Review Journal website
Volume:
47
Issue:
4
Pages:
563-595
Publication date:
2010-01-01
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EISSN:
0973-0893
ISSN:
0019-4646
URN:
uuid:fd364cca-086f-49bf-94ce-f5d2b1eeef23
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ora:4774
Language:
English
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