Babur Nama: Journey of Emperor Babur (Used)


Author: Zahir Uddin Muhammad Babur
Edited by Dilip Hiro

9780144001491 | PB | pp. 412 | 2006 | Penguin Random House India | Used

Emperor Babur has the distinction of being the only known founder of a leading dynasty to have kept a journal. Discover more about this multifaceted ruler.

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Originally written in Turkish by Emperor Babur (1483–1530) and translated into Persian by his grandson, Emperor Akbar (1556–1605), Babur Nama, Journal of Emperor Babur is now available in English. Complete with maps, tables of the family tree, glossary, list of main characters, an Islamic calendar, Babur’s daily prayer, and endnotes that are not too overbearing.

Against the turbulent backdrop of medieval history, it paints a precise and vivid picture of life in Central Asia and Afghanistan—where Babur ruled in Samarkand and Kabul—and in the Indian subcontinent, where his dazzling military career culminated in the founding of a dynasty that lasted three centuries. Babur was far more than a skilled, often ruthless, warrior and master strategist. In this abridged and edited version of a 1921 English translation of his memoirs, he also emerges as a sensitive aesthete, naturalist, poet and lover.

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Zahir Uddin Muhammad Babur
Editor: Dilip Hiro







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About the Editor

The editor is a seasoned historian, journalist and commentator. He is the author of more than thirty books, including Inside India Today, considered a modern classic and reissued in 2013, three-and-a-half decades after first publication. His more recent works are Jihad on Two Fronts, Inside Central Asia and Indians in a Globalizing World.


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