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The History of Akbar, Volume 2

The History of Akbar, Volume 2

Abu'l-Fazl

Edited and translated by Wheeler M. Thackston

ISBN 9780674504943

Publication date: 01/05/2016

The exemplar of Indo-Persian history, at once a biography of Emperor Akbar and a chronicle of sixteenth-century Mughal India.

Akbarnāma, or The History of Akbar, by Abu’l-Fazl (d. 1602), is one of the most important works of Indo-Persian history and a touchstone of prose artistry. Marking a high point in a long, rich tradition of Persian historical writing, it served as a model for historians across the Persianate world. The work is at once a biography of the Mughal emperor Akbar (r. 1556–1605) that includes descriptions of his political and martial feats and cultural achievements, and a chronicle of sixteenth-century India.

The second volume details the turbulent reign of his father Humayun, his years in exile, his return to power, and his untimely death that brought Akbar to the throne as a youth.

The Persian text, presented in the Naskh script, is based on a careful reassessment of the primary sources.

Praise

  • As with the first volume, the second volume is readable and interesting, with many tidbits that delight the reader…All in all, the second volume of The History of Akbar is an interesting and valuable primary source narrative on the origins of one of history’s most consequential empires.

    —Akhilesh Pillalamarri, The Diplomat

Author

  • Wheeler M. Thackston is retired Professor of the Practice in Persian and Other Near Eastern Languages at Harvard University.

Book Details

  • 592 pages
  • 5-1/4 x 8 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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