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Unraveling the Mughal Era: Books on History


Q1. Is there any book on the Mughal Empire?


Mughal Empire: A History from Beginning to End (History of India) by Hourly History


For more than two hundred years, the Mughal Empire dominated the Indian subcontinent. Being the largest empire having a very strong economy at the time. The Mughal Empire developed new art and architecture and created some other things as iconic representations of India.


A relatively liberal, pluralist empire with a total population of over one hundred and fifty million. The very first Mughal emperor was a direct descendent of both Genghis Khan and Tamerlane. This is the complex, exciting story of the rapid rise and even more rapid collapse of the mighty, colorful, vibrant, and complex Mughal Empire.

Q2. What are the books that throw light on Mughal history?


Ain-i-Akbari:  written by Abu'l Fazl in the Persian language.


Akbarnama: commissioned by Akbar himself and written by Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak in Persian.


Baburnama: The memoirs of ahīr-ud-Dīn Muhammad Bābur (1483–1530).


Baharistan-i-Ghaibi by Mirza Nathan, is a 17th-century chronicle on the history of Bengal, Cooch Behar, Assam, and Bihar under the reign of the Mughal emperor Jahangir (1605-1627).


Empire of the Moghul by Alex Rutherford, covering the Moghul Empire in medieval India


India Conquered Britain's Raj and the Chaos of Empire is a 2016 book by Jon E. Wilson


The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 is a 2006 historical book by William Dalrymple.

Q3. Who wrote Mughal history?


Sir Jadunath Sarkar was a prominent Indian historian especially of the Mughal dynasty. Sarkar chose Aurangzeb, the last major Mughal emperor, as the object of his life’s work. His first book, India of Aurangzeb, was published in 1901. His five-volume History of Aurangzib took 25 years to complete and was published in 1924. Sarkar devoted another 25 years to his four-volume Fall of the Mughal Empire, completed in 1950. Sarkar served as vice chancellor of the University of Calcutta (1926–28).


Abdul Fazl has written Akbarnama (history of Akbar) and Ain-i-Akbari (administration book).


Jahangir hastens his autobiography as Tuzuk-i-Jahangir. Mutamid khan has written a biography of Jahangir as Iqbalnamah-i-Jahangir.

Q4. What are the sources for the study of Mughal history?


Autobiographies and biographies of emperors, Official court histories or chronicles, histories written by the historians without the sponsorship of the rulers


Farmans and orders of Mughal emperors, provincial nobles, and other rulers, Letters exchanged by the emperors with nobles and other rulers, Inscriptions and coins, and Mughal painting and architecture.


Two important sources of information about the Mughals are Ain-i-Akbari and the monuments of Fatehpur Sikri. The Akbarnama, the official chronicle of the reign of Akbar, the third Mughal Emperor (r. 1556–1605), was commissioned by Akbar himself and written by his court historian and biographer, Abu'l-Fazl ibn Mubarak.

Q5. What are the best available books on Mughal History


Empire of the Moghul by Alex Rutheford. The epic story of the rise and fall of one of the most powerful and opulent dynasties in history


It is a Six Books Series.


· Raiders from the North.

· Brothers at War.

· Ruler of the World.

· The Tainted Throne.

· The Serpent's Tooth.

· Traitors in the Shadows.


This Book Cover's Reign of Aurangzeb. He came to power After Imprisoning his Father (Jahaghir) & killing his Brother, Dara.


The Last Mughal, the Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi 1857 by William Dalrymple. It reflects upon the mindset of the last Mughal Ruler, Bahadur Shah Zafar at the time when the power of the Mughals was limited to the Red Fort at Delhi.

Q6. What are some best books on describing the Mughal dynasty?


The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple, the final days of the Mughal Empire and its last emperor. The story centers on Delhi during the mutiny against British rule in 1857, the last great attempt by the Indians to throw off their European overlords until Gandhi.


The architecture of Mughal India by Catherine B. Asher, to understand the Taj not as something unique and inexplicable, but as a logical part of a long tradition of design, this book is essential reading.


Romance of the Taj Mahal by Pratapaditya Pal, Janice Leoshko + 2 more


The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan


The Moonlight Garden by Elizabeth B. Moynihan

Q7. Which books are worth reading about the Mughal Empire in India?


·         The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and by Zahirud-din Muhammad Babur


·         The Feast of Roses (Taj Mahal Trilogy, #2) by Indu Sundaresan


·         The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie


·         Jahanara: Princess of Princesses, India, 1627 by Kathryn Lasky


·         Early Islamic Empires by Flatt Lizann


·         Medieval India - From Sultanat to the Mughals - Part One - Delhi Sultanat (1206-1526) by Satish Chandra


·         Rebel Sultans: The Deccan from Khilji to Shivaji


·         The Tree Bears Witness (Birbal, #2) by Sharath Komarraju


·         Aurangzeb: The Man and the Myth by Audrey Truschke


·         Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court


·         The Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504-1719

Q8. Which is the best book to learn Mughal history in India?


Nandini Chatterjee’s Negotiating Mughal Law: a Family of Landlords across Three Indian Empires. The book examines how the law operated at the village level. The author argues that there is an archive and that archive is to be found in the villages.


Munis Faruqui’s Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504-1719. About the system which guaranteed that the prince who displayed the most administrative and military ability, would win the throne. The losing princes, on the other hand, were either blinded, killed, or exiled.


Azfar Moin’s Millennial Sovereign: Sacred Kingship & Sainthood in Islam. Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court by Audrey Truschke.