The Mughal Emperors: And the Islamic Dynasties of India, Iran, and Central Asia

The Mughal Emperors: And the Islamic Dynasties of India, Iran, and Central Asia

by Francis Robinson


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The Mughal Emperors: And the Islamic Dynasties of India, Iran, and Central Asia by Francis Robinson

A detailed history of the long line of Mughal rulers from 1206 to1925, illustrated with exquisite paintings, manuscripts, and architecture.

In the West "mogul" refers to a person of great power and influence. The word derives from the Persian "Mughal" or Mongol, the people who, initially under Genghis Khan, had an enormous impact as they set out to conquer the world.

This book describes the rulers from the thirteenth to the twentieth centuries whose reigns and lands were affected by Mongol/Mughal power and who all shared the Muslim high civilization that flourished from Iran and Central Asia through Afghanistan to north and central India. Among the prominent leaders were Timur, or Tamerlane, who lived a life of remorseless conquest; Shah Abbas the Great, who brought the achievement of early modern Iran to its peak at Isfahan; Akbar the Great, who fostered an idea of inclusive government for India; and Shah Jahan, who gave India its finest monument, the Taj Mahal.

In lively biographical portraits, illuminated by vivid quotations from contemporary chroniclers, these great men come back to life. We see them as administrators trying to meet the challenge of building strong central governments, as military leaders engaged in bloody and fratricidal struggles for succession, and as enlightened patrons of the arts and sciences. Women also play a prominent part in events, from court politics and artistic patronage to occasionally ruling. 260 illustrations, 140 in color.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500251348
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 06/25/2007
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 919,019
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Francis Robinson is Professor of the History of South Asia at the University of London. He has also been Visiting Professor at the University of Washington, as well as President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland. He is the author of numerous books on the Islamic world.

Table of Contents

Preface: Mughal Lives     6
Introduction: Chingiz Khan and the Rise of the Mongol Land Empire     8
Textual Sources     12
Il Khans, Muzaffarids and Timurids 1256-1506     14
Special Features
The Composite Bow
The Tomb of Oljaitu at Sultaniya
Rashid al-Din
Jalairid Baghdad
Clothing Buildings in Ceramic Tiles
The Artistic Patronage of Gawhar Shad and her Son, Baisunqur
Ulugh Beg, Astronomer
Qara Qoyunlu and Aq Qoyunlu Confederations
Mir Ali Shir Nawai'i
Bihzad, the Master Painter
The Sultans of Delhi 1206-1526     74
Special Feature
Six Regional Sultanates
The Mughals 1526-1858     112
Special Features
Babur and Gunpowder
Babur's Gardens
Babur's Memoirs
The Suri Sultans of Delhi
Hamida Begum
Fatehpur Sikri
Akbar and Technology
Akbar and Mughal Painting
Akbar and his Mother
Jahangir and Painting
Nur Jahan
Shahjahanabad Delhi
The Taj Mahal
Jahanara Begum
The Battle of Panipat, 1761
The Safavids, Afsharids, Zands and Qajars 1501-1925     180
Special Features
Early Safavid Painting
Riza Abbasi: Artist
The Maidan
Malik Jahan, Mahd-i Ulya
Select Bibliography     232
Illustration Credits     235
Index     237

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