Garden of the Eight Paradises, The: Baabur and the Culture of Empire in Central Asia, Afghanistan and India (1483-1530) (Brill's Inner Asian Library)

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This the first critical biography of Zahīr al-Dīn Muhammad Bābur, the founder of one of the great premodern Islamic empires, the Timurid-Mughul empire of India. It contains an original evaluation of his life and writings as well as fresh insights into both the nature of empire building and the character of the Timurid-Mughul state.
Based upon recently published critical editions of Bābur's autobiography and poetry, the book examines Bābur's life from the time he inherited his father's authority in the Ferghanah valley, east of Samarqand, in 1494, until his death in Agra, India in 1530. The book is written in an alternating series of thematic and narrative chapters. The thematic or analytical chapters examine his major writings, discuss his cultural personality and his reaction to Indian culture, while the narrative chapters relate the story of his life while critically commenting on his autobiographical intent.
The book contributes to the history of the Timurid period, the study of early modern Islamic empires and the nature of autobiographical literature in Islamic and Asian societies. It is illustrated with fifteen colour plates and four maps.

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'...a highly accessible piece of scholarship in which Dale's humor and humanity combine with Bābur's own to bring his story to life. These qualities mean that it is likely to be treasured by those interested in the Tῑmῡrid-Mughuls, early modern empire building, and autobiographical writings in an Asian or Islamic context.'
Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, The Journal of Asian Studies, 2005.

"The Garden of the eight Paradises is a remarkable biography of a remarkable figure, and it deserves a place on the shelf of anyone interested in Central Asian history, Mughal history, world history, and Islamicate historiography, to name just a few areas." Sholeh Quinn, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 2008

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Stephen F. Dale, Ph.D. (1972) in South Asian and Islamic History, University of California at Berkeley, is Professor of History at the Ohio State University. He has published books on Indo-Muslim and Eurasian history and is currently working on a social history of Samarqand in the late fifteenth century.

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