The Empire of the Great Mughals: History, Art and Culture / Edition 1

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Long viewed as an exotic wonderland of unimaginable treasures, the Mughal Empire (1526–1857) was, in reality, the mightiest Islamic empire in the history of India. In The Empire of the Great Mughals, historian Annemarie Schimmel describes the political, military, and economic rise of the Mughals, the incredible unfolding of the empire’s power and splendor, and the empire’s gradual collapse at the hands of the British. 

Beginning with a concise historical overview, Schimmel paints a detailed picture of daily life in the empire: the role of rank in this strictly hierarchical society, the life of women, and the various religions, languages, and styles of literature of the era. She pays particular attention to the remarkable accomplishments and techniques of artists at the Mughal court—including the Taj Mahal, the most impressive demonstration of the Mughal rulers’ refined sense of beauty.

The capstone to the career of Annemarie Schimmel, whom the New York Times called “one of the 20th century’s most influential scholars of Islam,” The Empire of the Great Mughals is a fascinating portrait of an exquisitely rich and refined civilization.

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Editorial Reviews

"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: 9781861892515
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/2/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 447,340
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Annemarie Schimmel (1922–2003) was professor of Indo-Muslim culture at Harvard University and the University of Bonn. She was a consultant in the Islamic Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, for ten years. Her books include Islam: An Introduction and My Soul is a Woman: The Feminine in Islam.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Francis Robinson
Editorial Notes
Map of the Mughal Empire
The Mughal Dynasty
1. Historical Introduction
2. At Court
3. The Empire
4. Religion
5. Women at Court
6. The Imperial Household and Housekeeping
7. The Life of a Mirza
8. Languages and Literature
9. The Arts
Photographic Acknowledgements

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