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Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court (South Asia Across the Disciplines) Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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In Culture of Encounters, Audrey Truschke makes a compelling argument for the importance of Sanskrit and Sanskrit intellectuals in the Mughal court. Although certain aspects of these 'encounters' have been researched before, Truschke's work is more comprehensive, and her precise textual analyses go further than any others so far. This is an important and impressive work that should change the field of Mughal studies. (Francesca Orsini, SOAS, University of London)
A remarkable achievement. Exploiting a substantial archive of Sanskrit materials, Truschke reveals a vibrantly multicultural Mughal court, one more thoroughly Indian than is commonly thought, owing to its close engagement with the land's oldest literary culture. (Richard M. Eaton, University of Arizona)
Cultures of Encounter is a breakthrough in modern scholarship on the history and culture of South Asia. This absorbing account of the interaction of Persian and Sanskrit offers a powerful corrective to conventional one-sided narratives. (Carl W. Ernst, University of North Carolina)
The benefits of this book make it richly worth the while of cultural historians of Mughal India and literary scholars of precolonial Persian, Sanskrit, and South Asian vernacular literatures. (International Journal of Middle East Studies)
Culture of Encounters recasts the Mughal Empire as a polyglot polity that collaborated with its Indian subjects to envision its sovereignty. This study also reframes the development of Brahman and Jain communities under Mughal rule, which coalesced around carefully selected, politically salient memories of imperial interaction. Culture of Encounters certifies the critical role of the sociology of empire in building the Mughal polity, which came to irrevocably shape the literary and ruling cultures of early modern India.
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Regarding the record of persecution and atrocities against Hindus by Aurangzeb, she distorts and rewrites history, as in her other book about Aurangzeb. When authors like Kevin MacDonald deny the holocaust then they are rightly berated as anti-semites, but when authors deny atrocities and genocidal crimes against Hindus, they still expect to be respected by the establishment and main stream media.
Another reviewer has said that she comes from the Frankfurt School of Marxist historiography, and the author is indeed repeating the history rewritings of Marxist Indian historians like Irfan Habib, which have been criticized in Arun Shourie's Eminent Historians: Their Technology, Their Line, Their Fraud, Koenraad Elsts Negationism in India: Concealing the Record of Islam, Sita Ram Goels Calcutta Quran Petition or in Harsh Narains Myths of Composite Culture and Equality of Religions. For a more truthful history, read Jadunath Sarkar's "History of Aurangzeb" and the works of K.S. Lal and RC Majumdar.