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Culture of Encounters: Sanskrit at the Mughal Court

Audrey. Truschke

Abstract

Culture of Encounters documents the fascinating exchange between the Persian-speaking Islamic elite of the Mughal Empire and traditional Sanskrit scholars, which engendered a dynamic idea of Mughal rule essential to the empire’s survival. This history begins with the invitation of Brahman and Jain intellectuals to King Akbar’s court in the 1560s, then details the numerous Mughal-backed texts they and their Mughal interlocutors produced under emperors Akbar, Jahangir (1605–1627), and Shah Jahan (1628–1658). Many works, including Sanskrit epics and historical texts, were translated into Persian, ... More

Keywords: Mughal Empire, Sanskrit, Indian writings, Brahman and Jain communities, polyglot polity, imperial interaction, sociology of empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231173629
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231173629.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Audrey. Truschke, author