MURSHID QUL � KH � N'S RELATIONS WITH THE ENGLISH EAST INDIA COMPANY FROM 1700 - 1707 BY A. KARIM (Dacca University) Except for two years 1708 and 1709, when he was removed to the Deccan, Murshid Quli Khan was the guiding factor in Bengal politics during the first quarter of the 18th century. Appointed the d7wdn of Bengal in 1700 by Emperor Aurangzib, he was gradually raised to the highest position in Bengal by Aurangzib's successors. By 1707, he became the si7babdir of one province, Orissa, dïwän of three provinces, Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, and faujdar of five disricts in Bengal and Orissa. In after two years' absence, he was again appointed the dïwän of Bengal; in I 7I 3 he became the subahdar of Orissa with deputy subahdari of Bengal ; and finally, in i 7 y, he became the subahdar of Bengal in addition to his former posts 1). He was the highest Imperial officers present in Bengal practically from the beginning of his career, because the sfibabddr had all along been absent from his station 2). Moreover, Murshid Quli Khan was the most favoured of all officers of Aurangzib in Bengal 3) and his
Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1961
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