Socio-Economic Life of Early Medieval Northern India as Reflected in Land Grants

Manjeet Singh


This research work examines and analyse land grants in the early medieval northern India, and deals in socio- economic aspects. The period of Indian history witnessed the division of society in social stratification, privileges for the nobility, closed economy, and the dominant position of landed aristocracy, which hampered the development of society and restricted the development of town and enhancement of trade. It traces the economic as well as social life of the people through the examination of sources of land grants and try to define the land grant, its types, purposes, issuing authority and its impact on social, political and economic aspects.


Tamra-Śāsna; land grant; copper-plate inscriptions; aristocrats; peasants; tamra-patta; devā-dayā; brahma-deyā; agarhara; secular land grants

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