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Murty Classical Library of India 6

The History of Akbar, Volume 2

Abu'l-Fazl

Edited and translated by Wheeler M. Thackston

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$35.00 • £29.95 • €31.95

ISBN 9780674504943

Publication Date: 01/05/2016

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592 pages

5-1/4 x 8 inches

8 maps

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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

Of all the great monarchs to have ruled over India—a land whose history is richer and more turbulent than that of almost any other—the one who most retains our modern-day attention is Akbar, Mughal emperor from 1556 to 1605… [The History of Akbar] includes accounts of his court and his governance, as well as of the wars, alliances and intrigues of his time… Thackston’s translation is the first complete rendition into English of Abu’l-Fazl’s Persian text since Henry Beveridge, a British orientalist and imperial civil servant, completed his version in 1921… Thackston’s English is modern and…[his] translation…is impressively meticulous.—Tunku Varadarajan, Wall Street Journal

At a time when Hindutva historians are eager to distort the history of Muslim invasions in order to deepen religious cleavages and consolidate vote banks, [Abu’l-Fazl’s] elaboration of Akbar’s legacy as a tolerant Muslim ruler of a non-Muslim majority is an important reminder of how Indian society has evolved.—Pragya Tiwari, India at LSE blog

We can only welcome an undertaking like the Murty Classical Library of India, which intends to inject fresh blood directly into the circulatory system of the English language. Any intelligent reader cannot fail to be favorably impressed in the presence of the variegated offerings of the series’ first titles… The Murty Classical Library offers a surprising array of texts that are in any case capable of broadening the all-too-restricted horizons of the average Western reader.—Roberto Calasso, New York Review of Books

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