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NIZAM

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Originally appearing in Volume V19, Page 719 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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NIZAM, the hereditary title of the reigning prince of Hyderabad (q.v.) in India, derived. from an Arabic word meaning order, or administration. The same word is found in Nazim, applied to the Nawab of Bengal, and in Nizamat, the old term for criminal jurisdiction. Nizam-ul-Hulk (=" administrator of the kingdom") was the title of Asaf Jah, the founder of the dynasty, a very able soldier and minister of the court of Aurangzeb, who was appointed governor of the Deccan in 1713, and established his independence before his death in 1748.
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