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Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur was the first Mughal, or Mongol, emperor of India. A devoted warrior who fought by the bloodthirsty standards of his time, Babur was also a gifted scholar and ethnographer, and his memoir, The Baburnama--which translator and editor Wheeler Thackston heralds as the first autobiography in Islamic literature--paints a fascinating portrait of the lands he conquered, such as Hindustan: "A strange country. Compared to ours, it is another world. Its mountains, rivers, forests, and wildernesses, its villages and provinces, animals and plants, peoples and languages, even its rain and winds are altogether different." They were different indeed, and we're fortunate to have this beautifully illustrated record of Babur's wonderment at the new places he saw. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Thackston's work is the first English translation in 70 years of Babur's candid 16th-century autobiography?the earliest known autobiography in Islamic literature. Babur, one of the most significant figures in Indo-Islamic history, was descended from Timur (known in the West as Tamerlane). During the 15th century, Timurid influence on eastern Islamic art and architecture was incalculable. Driven from Timurid lands in eastern Iran and central Asia, Babur established a new domain in northern India. One of Babur's Mogul descendants would build the Taj Majal. Thackston's richly illustrated translation is extremely readable and straightforward; it captures the spirit of one of the most attractive figures in Islamic history. Highly recommended for academic libraries and for larger public libraries with reader interest in this area.?Robert Andrews, Duluth P.L., Minn.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
prior to a trip to Central Asia aka The 'Stans I delved into this a bit bewildered and unstable. Then during the trip the importance of this dynasty became more vivid. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catharine T. Kolb
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Warriors , for ever living on the edge of catastrophies. This was the beginning of the Mughal empire. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Christophe Huber
Being from Pakistan, I have always been fascinated by the Mughal rulers of India. Reading this book gave me a ton of information about the first Mughal emperor of India - Babur. Read morePublished on August 3, 2013 by Hammad Malik
A Great Diary and interesting learning the Temur family tree, The Ghengiz Khan family tree and Babur's lineage. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Ramana Gadiraju
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The Baburnama is an important literary text but it also a challenging text to read, not the least because of the myriad names that Babur continuously lists. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by SA
It is very interesting to read history through the eyes of those who make it. What is more interesting is to read what they are thinking at the time. Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by N. Mozahem