The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor

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Both an official chronicle and the highly personal memoir of the emperor Babur (1483–1530), The Baburnama presents a vivid and extraordinarily detailed picture of life in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India during the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries. Babur’s honest and intimate chronicle is the first autobiography in Islamic literature, written at a time when there was no historical precedent for a personal narrative—now in a sparkling new translation by Islamic ...
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Overview

Both an official chronicle and the highly personal memoir of the emperor Babur (1483–1530), The Baburnama presents a vivid and extraordinarily detailed picture of life in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India during the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries. Babur’s honest and intimate chronicle is the first autobiography in Islamic literature, written at a time when there was no historical precedent for a personal narrative—now in a sparkling new translation by Islamic scholar Wheeler Thackston.

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes notes, indices, maps, and illustrations.

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“One of the classics of world literature.” —The New York Times Book Review
Library Journal
Thackston's work is the first English translation in 70 years of Babur's candid 16th-century autobiography-the earliest known autobiography in Islamic literature. Babur, one of the most significant figures in Indo-Islamic history, was descended from Timur known in the West as Tamerlane. During the 15th century, Timurid influence on eastern Islamic art and architecture was incalculable. Driven from Timurid lands in eastern Iran and central Asia, Babur established a new domain in northern India. One of Babur's Mogul descendants would build the Taj Majal. Thackston's richly illustrated translation is extremely readable and straightforward; it captures the spirit of one of the most attractive figures in Islamic history. Highly recommended for academic libraries and for larger public libraries with reader interest in this area.-Robert Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375761379
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/10/2002
  • Series: Modern Library Classics Series
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 709,176
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Wheeler M. Thackston is professor of the Practice in Persian and Other Near Eastern Languages at Harvard University, where he has taught for twenty years.

Salman Rushdie is the author of Midnight’s Children (winner of the Booker Prize) and Fury, among others. His latest book is Step Across This Line.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Translator's Preface
Chronology
The Genghisid and Timurid: Background of Iran and Central Asia
Pt. 1 Fergana and Transoxiana 1
Events of the Years 899-908 [1494-1503]
Folios 1-120
Pt. 2 Kabul 141
Events of the Years 910-926 [1504-1520]
Folios 120-251
Pt. 3 Hindustan 307
Events of the Years 932-936 [1525-1530]
Folios 251-382
Notes 463
Selected Glossary 511
References 517
Index of Persons 525
Index of Places 539
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    Good Book

    I myself am a descendent of the Mughal royal family, so it was a good chance for me to rediscover my roots. This book showed me where I come from being a Muslim Desi and that my ancestors were sophisticated people. This book tells the story of Babur, who was a very literate man and his journey from Samarkand into Afghanistan and Hindustan. He records the customs of the people, different animal life, poetry he came across, his battles that he fought so vallantly, his allies, and his metamorphisis into a true Ghazi in 1527 when he relinquished wine drinking. This is a truly inspiring book and it has taught me alot. It may be dry for some, especially those that may not understand Central Asian Islamic culture, but for those who do, his memiors are inspiring. This book does show Babur as a gentle and tolerant leader yet a tiger on the battlefield. Unfortunately, there are gaps in his memiors such as the time period in whihc Babri mosque was built, but other than that, it is a reliable book about a man who began a mighty empire and the melting pot of different cultures that still exists today.

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