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- DescriptionOriginally published in 2007, this fascinating work is based on detailed and sensitive readings of travel accounts in Persian, dealing with India, Iran and Central Asia between around 1400 and 1800. The first comprehensive treatment of this neglected genre of literature (safar nama), it links the Mughals, Safavids and Central Asia in a crucial period of transformation and cultural contact. The authors' close reading of these travel accounts help us enter the mental and moral worlds of the Muslim and n-Muslim literati who produced these valuable narratives. These accounts are presented in a comparative framework, which sets them side by side with other Asian accounts, as well as early modern European travel narratives, and opens up a rich and unsuspected vista of cultural and material history. This book can be read for a better understanding of the nature of early modern encounters, but also for the sheer pleasure of entering a new world.
- Author BiographyMuzaffar Alam is Carl Darling Buck Professor in South Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His previous publications include A European Experience of the Mughal Orient, with S. Alavi (2001). Sanjay Subrahmanyam is Professor and Doshi Chair of Indian History at UCLA. His previous publications include The Career and Legend of Vasco da Gama (1997).
- Author(s)Muzaffar Alam,Sanjay Subrahmanyam
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication01/02/2007
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note18 b/w illus. 5 maps
- Weight780 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine27 mm
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