The Mughal World: India's Tainted Paradise by Abraham Eraly

The Mughal World: India's Tainted Paradise Author: Abraham Eraly
eBook Title: The Mughal World: India's Tainted Paradise
ISBN10: 0297852094
ISBN13: 978-0297852094
Language: English
Publisher: Orion Publishing; Reprint edition (March 1, 2007)
Category: History
Subcategory: Asia
Size ePub vers.: 1330 kb
Size PDF vers.: 1336 kb
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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 exploration 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. From bizarre religious cults to the Mughal fondness for formal gardening, from murderous female bandits to the sex lives of the nobles, almost every angle of life is examined, making this a comprehensive and absorbing introduction to India's last Golden Age.