The Colonial Legacy

Seyyed Vali Reza Nasr

in The Islamic Leviathan

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195144260
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833931 | DOI:

Series: Religion and Global Politics

 The Colonial Legacy

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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

Chapter.  8772 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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