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nawab

(formerly) a Muslim ruling prince or powerful landowner in India
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Nawab

 

the title given the vicegerent of a province under the Mogul Empire in India in the 17th century. As the empire began to disintegrate in the first half of the 18th century, the nawabs of many provinces, including Bengal, Arcot, and Oudh, gained de facto independence.

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