The Baburnama

The Baburnama

Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor

Book - 1995
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The great-great-great grandson of Tamerlane, the great Mongol ruler of Samarkand who defeated the Ottomans in 1402, Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur Mirza (1483-1530)--better known as Babur Padisha--was the last Timurid of Central Asia and the first Mughal Emperor of India. In the Baburnama, Babur, adescendant of Genghis Khan and a refined, educated, and well-travelled prince, left behind an unparalled memoir of his life and times--the central document most often quoted by historians and scholars of Mughal India. Now, Wheeler M. Thackston, Jr., has provided a sparkling new translation of this intimate and truthful record in an exquisitely illustrated and produced edition that faithfully preserves the spirit and beauty of the original work. Translated directly from Babur's Chaghatay Turkish, here is notonly an extraordinarily detailed picture of life in Central Asia and India during the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, but also the first real autobiography in Islamic literature, in which Babur provides keen insights into his own personality, frank assessments of the deeds andmotivations of the people with whom he dealt, and keys to understanding the rise and development of Islamic culture. Readers will note, for example, that the interests Babur so eloquently expresses in his memoirs--his profound curiousity about the natural world and human personalities--also definedthe directions that the artists of his time were to follow. This engrossing account is made all the more valuable by its rarity: to have a ruler's perspective on the events to which he is central is extremely unusual in the medieval Islamic world, particularly in an age like Babur's, which sawviolent and major dynastic changes throughout Iran, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. An insightful look into a particularly stimulating period in the world's history, Baburnama will garner accolades from historians, students and scholars of the Islamic world, and anyone who loves a good story.
Publisher: Wshington, D.C. : Freer Gallery of Art : Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 1995
ISBN: 9780195096712
0195096711
Branch Call Number: 954.025 BABUR
Characteristics: 472 p. 28 cm

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