SOAS Research Online

A Free Database of the Latest Research by SOAS Academics and PhD Students

[skip to content]

Ahlawat, Deepika (2022) Ranis and Pardayats: Royal Marriages in Jodhpur-Marwar, CE 1707-1873. PhD thesis. SOAS University of London. DOI:

[img] Text - Submitted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 6 April 2025.


Matrimonial relations between Rajput kingdoms formed the basis of the regional polity in Rajputana since its formation. Colonial and colonial inspired historiography transformed the cultural complexities of these royal polygamous marriages into stereotypical tropes without reference to the region’s own archives and histories, thereby creating entirely new discursive objects that now dominate the epistemology of the subject. This dissertation aims to recover the lived realities of these polygamous marriages from local and vernacular sources in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. By looking at how duties and responsibilities were constituted for men and women in an age of widespread violence, it examines the ideologies and actions that constituted rajputai, i.e., the act of being Rajput. In this context, it opens up new ways of viewing death-seeking by the male warrior and the female sati within the Rajput community. Through contemporary accounts of life in the janana for both Rajput and non- Rajput women, it reveals worldviews regarding love, marriage, and domesticity that are distinctly different from dominant modern ideas.

Item Type: Theses (PhD)
SOAS Departments & Centres: SOAS Research Theses
Supervisors Name: Roy Fischel
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2022 07:59

Altmetric Data


Download activity - last 12 monthsShow export options
Downloads since deposit
6 month trend
6 month trend
Accesses by country - last 12 monthsShow export options
Accesses by referrer - last 12 monthsShow export options

Repository staff only

Edit Item Edit Item