The Mughal World: Life in India's Last Golden Age

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Penguin Books India, 2007 - Mogul Empire - 420 pages
The Mughal emperors were larger-than-life figures, men written on a supra-human scale who exercised absolute power. The three centuries of their rule mark one of the most crucial and fascinating periods of Indian history. This study looks beyond the story of the empire's rise and fall--an exotic growth that was transplanted to India from Islamic Persia--to bring the world of the Mughal ruler and Hindu subject vividly into focus. Blending contemporary sources and detailed description, an India full of strangeness and contrast is introduced: sacred harems and suttee rites, brutal war and cultural and artistic refinement, staggering opulence, deviant indulgences, and abject poverty. The bizarre religious cults, the Mughal fondness for formal gardening, the murderous female bandits, the sex lives of the nobles, and beyond--almost every aspect of life is examined, making this a comprehensive and absorbing introduction to India's last Golden Age.

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Again, a brilliant book by Abraham Erally. He carefully dissects the life of the Mughal Emperors, and the life of the common man in the Mughal World. A super companion book to this one, is "Why ... Read full review

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I had to say it is one the the most independent analysis of the times of medieval India. Covers all the aspect of life in the medieval ages from politics, economy, agriculture, society, art and culture. The way in which the book is presented is also very lucid and readable without making it a drab on users who have a problem to be attentive for long hours, like me!! :) The analysis of Emperor Aurangzeb was also impeccable and straight to the fact since he has been blamed solely for the demise of the empire which I as a student in school felt couldn't be so. Empires like the ones of Mughals cannot decline just solely on the basis of action of one emperor. As expected, Abraham Eraly says, that there is absolutely no proof of religious persecution since the records of the time show that Hindus formed the largest number of mansabdars during Aurangzeb's time than in the entire history of the mighty Mughals. Recommended read for all those who can give some time to know a very independent analysis of the Mighty Mughals!!!  


The People
The Right Royal Lifestyle
A Movable City
Lordly Fireflies
The Amir at Play
Gilded and Other Cages
The Womans Lot
Producers and Predators
Masters and Slaves
All the Emperors Men
Sacred Laws Profane Justice
The Flabby Giant
The Razors Edge
Sword is God
A Crore for a Song
The Mughal Legacy

The Peasants Lot
Hamstrung Trade

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