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

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Penguin Books India, Jan 1, 2007 - Mogul Empire - 420 pages
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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!!!  

Contents

The People
21
The Right Royal Lifestyle
39
A Movable City
55
The Emperor at Play
64
Living and Partly Living
79
The Amir at Home
87
The Amir at Play
100
Life at the Bottom
112
Hamstrung Trade
198
Masters and Slaves
219
Anatomy of the Empire
228
All the Emperors Men
238
Sacred Laws Profane Justice
258
The Royal Revenue Squeeze
268
The Flabby Giant
290
Pearls and Pebbles
311

Gilded and Other Cages
123
The Gilded Cage
135
The Womans Lot
147
Producers and Predators
163
The Peasants Lot
182
The Whip and the Artisan
191
Sword is God
332
A Crore for a Song
354
The Mughal Legacy
383
Notes
397
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