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The Lesser-known World of Mughal Emperor Jahangir




ISBN 9780367076887
Published September 17, 2019 by Routledge India
162 Pages - 24 Color Illustrations

 
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This volume depicts the life and times of the Mughal emperor Jahangir in the light of his memoirs, Jahangirnama, 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 memoirs incorporated in the genre of Mughal manuscript painting. The work is noteworthy for its historical portraits as well as Jahangir’s visual realism, his remarkable knowledge of natural history, and the perceptive and detailed descriptions of the world around him.

Moving away from conventional historical writing, the book is a psychological study of an individual, his innate qualities, behavioural moves and instinctive affinities. Jahangir’s memoirs reveal 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 that of the natural world. 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 and Zakhirat-ul Khwanin, as well as Jesuits accounts and travelogues. He further analyses the influence of European Renaissance art on the history of Mughal paintings.

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

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Glossary

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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Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Som Prakash Verma is former Professor at the Department of History, Aligarh Muslim University, India and superannuated in 2004. He was Senior Academic Fellow at the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) (2013–15); Tagore National Fellow (2010–12); Emeritus Fellow at the University Grants Commission (2007–9); Senior Fellow at ICHR (2007–9); and Fulbright Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (1986–7). He is also a practising artist and recipient of two awards from the Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta (1981) and the 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).