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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; New Ed edition (5 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861892519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861892515
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.8 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`An excellent cultural history of one of the great cosmopolitan court cultures, full of vivid anecdote and pertinent quotes.' --The Independent

'This parting gift which Schimmel has left behind once again shows her mettle as a powerful and prolific writer of extraordinary worth . . .the book is a welcome addition to the world of scholarship - a unique dictionary of Mughal history and culture for which Schimmel will long be remembered.' --The Sixteenth Century Journal

'An important book.'
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Annemarie Schimmel (1922-2003) was Professor of Indo-Muslim Culture at Harvard and Bonn universities, and published widely in the field of oriental art and culture.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Khan on 1 Aug. 2009
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Having purchased other books on this subject I was extremely impressed with A.M. Schimmel's approach in her book. She begins by detailing the life and achievements of the first six mughal rulers (Babur to Aurangzeb), followed by a section on the last 150 years of decline when the rulers changed in quick succession. The book then goes on to discuss this wonderful period of the history of the subcontinent in the context of developments in art and literature and all aspects of culture from marriage to fashion. In this manner the book lends itself to being a handy reference text and the illustrations are a real treat. The author's knowledge on the subject is quite staggering and a real love of this glorious period in history shines through. Proud to own this one.
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A very detailed study of many and varied aspects of life at the Mughal court. I have one small criticism, it reads rather like a text book. The photographs are excellent although I missed indications of where the originals can be seen. The glossary of Arabic/Persian/Hindu terms is an essential addition which I referred to throughout the book.
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I read this hand in hand with other histories of greater India and it fleshed out / coloured the imagery of the period that text books don't always cover.
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An Excellent source of understanding the Mughals from an insider account ... 2 Dec. 2014
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An Excellent source of understanding the Mughals from an insider account and not from the bias of the British administrators which is the legacy in the English language when it comes to the Mughal Empire.
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