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Culture of EncountersSanskrit at the Mughal Court$
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Audrey. Truschke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231173629

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231173629.001.0001

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Introduction: The Mughal Culture of Power

Introduction: The Mughal Culture of Power

(p.1) Introduction: The Mughal Culture of Power
Culture of Encounters

Audrey Truschke

Columbia University Press

The Introduction situates the book within both Mughal historiography and scholarship on Sanskrit thought. Most crucially, I lay the groundwork for a theory of Mughal power that operated outside the conventional strictures of legitimation theory. Instead I emphasize how the Mughals engaged with Sanskrit ideas and intellectuals largely in order to provide themselves with a distinctive political identity.

Keywords:   legitimation theory, cross-cultural, Mughal, empire, Sanskrit, power

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