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The Islamic LeviathanIslam and the making of State Power.$
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Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195144260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195144260.001.0001

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The Colonial Legacy

The Colonial Legacy

(p.31) 1 The Colonial Legacy
The Islamic Leviathan

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr

Oxford University Press

In Malaya and India, the British devised a system of indirect rule whereby they relied on local norms, social organizations, and indigenous institutions of authority such as landlords and sultans who managed the daily lives of their subjects but were controlled by the British through treaties. Both the colonial states used patronage to rule, creating dependencies between local authorities and the colonial state, and also creating economic, legal, and social structures that, along with the patronage, divided the society vertically.

Keywords:   British Empire, colonial state, India, indigenous authority, indirect rule, Malaya, patronage, treaties

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