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Writing self, writing empire : Chandar Bhan Brahman and the cultural world of the Indo-Persian state secretary / Rajeev Kinra.

Author/creator Kinra, Rajeev
Format Electronic and Book
Publication InfoOakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
Descriptionxix, 371 pages ; 23 cm.
Supplemental Content Full text available from Ebook Central - Academic Complete
Subject(s)
Series South Asia across the disciplines
South Asia across the disciplines.
Contents Introduction : a Hindu secretary at King Shah Jahan's court -- Chandar Bhan's intellectual world : a revisionist perspective -- A mirror for Munsh's : secretarial arts and Mughal governance -- King of Delhi, king of the world : Chandar Bhan's perspective on Shah Jahan, the Mughal court, and the realm -- Writing the Mughal self : Chandar Bhan's life and letters -- Making Indo-Persian literature fresh : Chandar Bhan's poetic world -- The persistence of gossip : Chandar Bhan and the cultural memory of Mughal decline -- Conclusion : ending at just the beginning : towards a postcolonial Mughal historiography.
Abstract "Writing Self, Writing Empire examines the life, career, and writings of the Mughal state secretary, or Munshi, Chandar Bhan 'Brahman' (d. c.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 different 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"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 329-351) and index.
Access restrictionAvailable only to authorized users.
Technical detailsMode of access: World Wide Web
Genre/formElectronic books.
LCCN 2015002789
ISBN9780520286467 (softcover)
ISBN0520286464 (softcover)

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