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Writing self, writing empire : Chandar Bhan Brahman and the cultural world of the Indo-Persian state secretary / Rajeev Kinra
AuthorKinra, Rajeev
PublishedOakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
Description1 Online-Ressource (XX, 371 Seiten)
Document typeE-Book
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"Writing Self Writing Empire examines the life career and writings of the Mughal state secretary or munshi Chandar Bhan Brahman (d. ca. 1670) one of the great Indo-Persian poets and prose stylists of early modern South Asia. Chandar Bhan’s life spanned the reigns of four emperors: Akbar (1556–1605) Jahangir (1605–1627) Shah Jahan (1628–1658) and Aurangzeb ‘Alamgir (1658–1707) the last of the “Great Mughals” whose courts dominated the culture and politics of the subcontinent at the height of the empire’s power territorial reach and global influence.Chandar Bhan was a high-caste Hindu who worked for a series of Muslim monarchs and other officials forming powerful friendships along the way; his experience bears vivid testimony to the pluralistic atmosphere of the Mughal court particularly during the reign of Shah Jahan the celebrated builder of the Taj Mahal. But his widely circulated and emulated works also touch on a range of topics central to our understanding of the court’s literary mystical administrative and ethical cultures while his letters and autobiographical writings provide tantalizing examples of early modern Indo-Persian modes of self-fashioning. Chandar Bhan’s oeuvre is a valuable window onto a crucial though surprisingly neglected period of Mughal cultural and political history
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