The Mughal World

Rights Contact Login For More Details

More About This Title The Mughal World


The Mughal emperors were larger-than-life figures, men written on a supra-human scale who exercised absolute power. The three centuries of their rule mark one of the most crucial and fascinating periods of Indian history. This study looks beyond the story of the empire's rise and fall—an exotic growth that was transplanted to India from Islamic Persia—to bring the world of the Mughal ruler and Hindu subject vividly into focus. Blending contemporary sources and detailed description, an India full of strangeness and contrast is introduced: sacred harems and suttee rites, brutal war and cultural and artistic refinement, staggering opulence, deviant indulgences, and abject poverty. The bizarre religious cults, the Mughal fondness for formal gardening, the murderous female bandits, the sex lives of the nobles, and beyond—almost every aspect of life is examined, making this a comprehensive and absorbing introduction to India's last Golden Age.


Abraham Eraly has taught Indian history in Madras and the United States. His previous books include Gem in the Lotus and The Mughal Throne.


"A sound, stolid survey by a sound, stolid historian who has the edge on many of his contemporaries writing about Indian history."  —Literary Review

“The story of Mughal India is intensely dramatic and colourful and Eraly’s lively text does justice to its subject . . . exciting reading.”  —Daily Telegraph

“A richly readable account of one of the most crucial and misrepresented periods of Indian history.”  —Sunday Times

“Eraly traces the dynasty’s rise and fall with authority and panache.”  —Independent