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Ali Anooshahr

A genealogical search into the political culture of the Mughal Empire has been a subject of interest for a good century and a half. In 1854, the British scholar William Erskine proposed that the Central Asian roots of the dynasty should be credited with the empire’s notions of despotic

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Sholeh A. Quinn

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/187471610X537253 Journal of Persianate Studies 3 (2010) 143-155 Through the Looking Glass: Kingly Virtues in Safavid and Mughal Historiography Sholeh A. Quinn University of California, Merced Abstract During the reigns of the

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Afshan Bokhari

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/187471611X568492 Journal of Persianate Studies 4 (2011) 86-108 Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures: A Begam’s “Ascension” in Seventeenth Century Mughal India Afshan Bokhari 1 Suffolk University Abstract Islamic

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Mughal Occidentalism

Artistic Encounters between Europe and Asia at the Courts of India, 1580-1630


Mika Natif

In Mughal Occidentalism, Mika Natif elucidates the meaningful and complex ways in which Mughal artists engaged with European art and techniques from the 1580s-1630s. Using visual and textual sources, this book argues that artists repurposed Christian and Renaissance visual idioms to embody themes from classical Persian literature and represent Mughal policy, ideology and dynastic history. A reevaluation of illustrated manuscripts and album paintings incorporating landscape scenery, portraiture, and European objects demonstrates that the appropriation of European elements was highly motivated by Mughal concerns. This book aims to establish a better understanding of cross-cultural exchange from the Mughal perspective by emphasizing the agency of local artists active in the workshops of Emperors Akbar and Jahangir.

Dodwell, H. H., Haig, T. W., Moreland, W. H. and Rose, H. A.

, the name given to the dynasty of Emperors of Hindustān founded by Bābur in 932 (1526), in virtue of the claim made by Tīmūr, the ancestor of the dynasty, to relationship with the family of the Mongol (Mug̲h̲al) Čingiz Ḵh̲ān [q. v.]. For the detailed history of the dynasty see the articles bābar

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The Mughal Padshah

A Jesuit Treatise on Emperor Jahangir’s Court and Household


Jorge Flores

In The Mughal Padshah Jorge Flores offers both a lucid English translation and the Portuguese original of a previously unknown account of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (r. 1605-1627). Probably penned by the Jesuit priest Jerónimo Xavier in 1610-11, the Treatise of the Court and Household of Jahangir Padshah King of the Mughals reads quite differently than the usual missionary report. Surviving in four different versions, this text reveals intriguing insights on Jahangir and his family, the Mughal court and its political rituals, as well as the imperial elite and its military and economic strength. A comprehensive introduction situates the Treatise in the ‘disputed’ landscape of European accounts on Mughal India, as well as illuminates the actual conditions of production and readership of such a text between South Asia and the Iberian Peninsula.
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Culture and Circulation

Literature in Motion in Early Modern India


Edited by Thomas de Bruijn and Allison Busch

Culture and Circulation reflects an innovative approach to early modern Indian literature. The authors foreground the complex hybridity of literary genres and social milieus, capturing elements that have eluded traditional literary history. In this book, jointly edited by Thomas de Bruijn and Allison Busch, Hindi authors rub shoulders with their Persian counterparts in the courts of Mughal India; the fame of Mirabai, a poetess from Rajasthan, travels to Punjab; the sayings of Kabir are found to be as difficult to pin down as the holy men who transmitted them. Drawing on new archives in several Indian languages, Culture and Circulation presents fresh ideas that will be of interest to scholars of Indian literature, religious studies, and early modern history.
Contributors include Stefano Pellò,Thibaut d'Hubert,Corinne Lefèvre, John Stratton Hawley, Gurinder Singh Mann, Thomas de Bruijn, Catharina Kiehnle, Allison Busch, Francesca Orsini, Heidi Pauwels, Robert van de Walle.
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Theodore S. Beers

useful the division of those poets into such categories as stylistic or geographic schools and generations. But it has been easy to group Vahshi and Mohtasham for several reasons. They both stayed in Safavid Iran, rather than migrating to the Mughal court. They came of age in the new dispensation of the

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Stephan Popp

Research on the history of the Mughal Empire has largely concentrated on Akbar (r. 1556-1605), who established the empire, and on Awrangzeb (r. 1658-1707), who ruined it in the protracted Deccan wars. However, there has been little research on the two emperors in between, Jahāngir (r. 1505

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D. Fairchild Ruggles

Mughal architecture and gardens are much loved and well studied by historians of South Asia, and the Taj Mahal’s shimmering pool, axial vistas, and majestic domed mausoleum appear in nearly every textbook surveying the history of art. In contrast, little scholarly attention has been bestowed on