“India has a bright future; it is regrettable if it ignores its glorious past.”
—Excerpt from Bayana, by Mehrdad Shokoohy and Natalie H. Shokoohy
A veritable textbook on Mughal architecture from the namesake region in Rajasthan, India,
offers detailed maps and diagrams of Bayana's important historical landmarks, some of which survive today. The authors delve into the multilayered history of Northern India, from the Vedic civilizations (1500-500 BCE) to the epic battles of medieval Islamic history that have defined Rajasthan. While modern-day Bayana is predominantly Hindu, this work reflects on the region's strong connection with Islam.
reminds us Southwest Asia is an amalgamation of religions, ethnicities, and political systems. The Shokoohys leave no stone unturned as they analyze the socioeconomic, political, spiritual and historical contexts for each aspect of Mughal architecture. While not light reading, it makes for a fascinating read for anyone interested in becoming more informed about Mughal architecture or culture.