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The Empire of the Great Mughals: History, Art and Culture

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The Empire of the Great Mughals explores the political, military and economic rise of the Mughals in the early sixteenth century, their system of rule, the remarkable unfolding of their power and splendour, and their gradual collapse, until they were finally supplanted by the British colonial empire in 1857.
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Editorial Reviews

Clio
"Annemarie Schimmel's entire book is imbued with this sense of wonder, leading us through a rich verbal and visual survey of the Mughal Empire from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries."
The Scotsman
"This is a splendid book, fittingly enough for a history of one of the world's great empires and a worthy memorial to its distinguished author. . . . This is a wonderfully vivid portrait of a fascinating age."
South Asia News
"A concise but extremely competent historical overview . . . a delight . . . an excellent introduction to Mughal history, art and culture, from the bazaar to the harem, and the poetic assembly to the battlefield."
The Independent
"An excellent cultural history of one of the great cosmopolitan court cultures, full of vivid ancedote and pertinent quotes."
Times Higher Education Supplement
"This masterly study of Mughal civilization offers . . . an assured overview that gives even the monoglot reader a sense of the values of Mughal poetry and prose. . . . A broad but concise introduction to Indo-Islamic culture."
Sixteenth-Century Journal - Mansura Haidar
"This parting gift which Schimmel has left behind once again shows her mettle as a powerful and prolific writer of extraordinary worth. . . . It is an encyclopedic work possessing something of everything and very useful as a 'handbook of Mughal history and culture.' . . . The work is particularly significant becasue of its success at capturing the bygone grandeur of the Mughal period as well as a vivid view of medieval social life with such profundity of thought that the age comes alive for readers. The illustrations and the rich miniature paintings not only provide a visual delight but present numerous beautiful and rare images, some of which are hitherto largely unseen and unknown. . . . The book is a welcome addition to the world of scholarship—a unique dictionary of Mughal history and a culture for which Schimmel will long be remembered."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195673340
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2005
  • Pages: 352

Meet the Author

Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003) was professor of Indo-Muslim Culture at Harvard University and the University of Bonn as well as the author of many books. She was consultant in the Islamic Department of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for more than ten years.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
1 Historical introduction 21
2 At court 65
3 The empire 81
4 Religion 107
5 Women at court 143
6 The imperial household and housekeeping 167
7 The life of a Mirza 225
8 Languages and literature 229
9 The arts 263
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