Great Mughals

//Great Mughals

Tamerlane

November 9th, 2000|

This article was published in Dawn, The Review, November 9-15, 2000. I stand corrected about my statement: ‘There is a less reliable tradition that in Damascus, Taimur held discourse with the famous historian and sociologist Ibn-i-Khaldun.’ In fact, it is the report of the meeting between Taimur and the poet Hafiz that has been questioned […]

Muhammad Shah “Rangeela”

October 12th, 2000|

Dawn, The Review, sometime in October 2000

In 1719 two powerful nobles entered the Red Fort of Delhi and made their way to the presence of King Farrukh Siyar without permission. They accused the king of plotting against them, and he found himself without the power to remind them that he was the king. A few […]

Shahjahan: the rigid ruler

September 21st, 2000|

Dawn, The Review, sometime in September 2000

If ever there was a man who lived by the dictates of mind completely ignoring the voice of his heart, it was the Mughal emperor Shahjahan. Ironically, he is best remembered as the lover who built the famous Taj Mahal for his sweetheart.

Shahjahan’s life is an interesting case study […]

Nurjahan

September 14th, 2000|

Dawn, The Review, sometime in September 2000

Sharing a husband with seventeen other wives and several hundreds of slave girls is far from the romantic picture of an all-encompassing love that frames the portrait of Nurjahan in popular stories. However, the fact remains that she was indeed loved by her royal husband in ways unusual for […]

Humayun

September 7th, 2000|

Dawn, The Review, September 7-13, 2000

‘What’s your sun sign?’ The answer to this question could decide one’s appointment to the civil services in the days of Humayun, if one is to believe the story that he organized his entire administration on astrological elements. According to this account, for instance, the officers belonging to water signs […]

Akbar the Great

August 31st, 2000|

Dawn, The Review, sometime in 2000

He was raised like an orphan. Not that his parents were dead, but his father was in exile and the little infant was in the custody of its uncle. A merciless uncle he was, for he had wrung the infant, barely a few months old, from the hands of its […]