Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400-1800

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Originally published in 2007, this fascinating work is based on detailed and sensitive readings of travel accounts in Persian, dealing with India, Iran and Central Asia between around 1400 and 1800. The first comprehensive treatment of this neglected genre of literature (safar nama), it links the Mughals, Safavids and Central Asia in a crucial period of transformation and cultural contact. The authors' close reading of these travel accounts help us enter the mental and moral worlds of the Muslim and non-Muslim literati who produced these valuable narratives. These accounts are presented in a comparative framework, which sets them side by side with other Asian accounts, as well as early modern European travel narratives, and opens up a rich and unsuspected vista of cultural and material history. This book can be read for a better understanding of the nature of early modern encounters, but also for the sheer pleasure of entering a new world.
 

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Contents

REFLECTIONS
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Iranian and Shii pilgrims were generally persecuted was widely believed
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FLEEING TIMUR
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MANAGING THE WINDFALL
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elephants in his stables Each night a hundred men in
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Courtly encounters
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AN ADMIRAL ASHORE
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Figure 6 cont
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Map 3 Major trade routes in Mughal India
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like this but then stop me from doing them The
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A CONTRASTING VIEW
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conditions qualities and deportments of this country and its people
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The windy and illbred denizens of the Mughal empire are
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A western mirror
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A TYRANT AT WORK
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REASON AND FAITH
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It is in this first incarnation that the work served
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An ocean of wonders
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Balkh whom he eventually met in a mosque where the
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THE TRAVELLER AS PARTICIPANTOBSERVER
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THE TRAVELLER MAINTAINS HIS DISTANCE
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THE TRAVELLER IS WRECKED AND SAVED
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THE TRAVELLER IS HOMESICK
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When Hell is other people
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THE GRUMBLER TRAVELS
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ocean ghabba According to Abdul Karim the depth of the
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The return voyage by ship would take Abdul Karim by
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CONCLUSION
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The long road to Rum
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THE OTTOMANS AND INDIA
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journey of fourteen days did they see the mountains of
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BACK TO THE OTTOMANS
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insults all under the cover of a religious solidarity that
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On early modern travel
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