The Lesser-known World of Mughal Emperor Jahangir: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Lesser-known World of Mughal Emperor Jahangir

1st Edition

By Som Prakash Verma

Routledge India

180 pages | 24 Color Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367076887
pub: 2019-09-12
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This volume depicts the life and times of the Mughal emperor Jahangir in the light of his memoir: Jahangirnamah, popularly known as Tuzuk-i Jahangiri. With its fresh treatment of source material and a vivid account of historical events, the book tells the history of Jahangir’s India through his intimate and confessional memoir incorporated in the genre of Mughal manuscript painting. The work is noteworthy for historical portraits, his visual realism, remarkable knowledge of natural history, and perceptive and detailed descriptions of the world around him.

Moving away from conventional historical writing, this book emphasises upon a psychological study of an individual, his innate qualities, behavioural moves and instinctive affinities. Jahangir’s memoir reveals deeper facets of him as a person as well as a poet, aesthete, connoisseur of painting, and a keen observer of nature, both human and wildlife. The author also includes other contemporary literature of the period that narrate Jahangir’s life, such as Akbarnama, Ma’asir-i Jahangiri, Iqbalnama-i Jahangiri, Intikhab-i Jahangiri, Tatimma-i Waqi’at-i Jahangiri, Zakhirat-ul Khwanin, Jesuits accounts and travelogues. He further analyses the influence of European Renaissance art on the history of Mughal paintings.

First of its kind, this book will greatly interest scholars and researchers of medieval history, Indian history, Mughal history, art history, popular culture, South Asian studies, as well as the general reader.

Table of Contents




List of Illustrations

Chapter 1 Jahangir

Chapter 2 His appearance and nature

Chapter 3 An aesthete, alive to surroundings

Chapter 4 Curious zoologist

Chapter 5 Connoisseur of painting

Chapter 6 Celebrator of diverse faiths

Chapter 7 Justice-observing ruler

Chapter 8 The indefatigable hunter

Chapter 9 Graphic narrator

Chapter 10 Man of no common ability

Chapter 11 Modern man in making

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About the Author

Som Prakash Verma is former Professor, Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, India and superannuated in 2004. He was Senior Academic Fellow, Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) (2013–15); Tagore National Fellow (2010–12); Emeritus Fellow, University Grants Commission (2007–9); Senior Fellow, ICHR (2007–9); and Fulbright Fellow, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (1986–87). He is also a practising artist and recipient of two awards from the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta (1981) and Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar (1982). His publications include The Illustrated Baburnama (2016); Mughal Paintings (2014); Interpreting Mughal Painting: Essays on Art, Society and Culture (2009); 1857 an Illustrated History (2008); Painting the Mughal Experience (2005); Mughal Painter of Flora and Fauna: Ustad Mansur (1999); and Mughal Painters and Their Work: A Bibliographical Survey and Comprehensive Catalogue (1994).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies