The Mughal Empire from Jahangir to Shah Jahan: Art, Architecture, Politics, Law and Literature
Through 15 meticulously researched essays, this book brings into unprecedented focus the history and legacy of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, whose reign (1628–1658) is considered the apex of the Mughal Empire. Essay subjects range from parsing the dynamics of loyalty and the rebellion that resulted in Shah Jahan’s accession, to teasing out the politics embedded in court rituals, and from analyzing his artistic and architectural legacies to examining the effective use of art and architecture for political ends. Throughout, we see the degree to which Shah Jahan’s contributions intertwine with his father’s legacy, while he outwardly and persistently differentiated himself from Jahangir. Well-written with ample and well-chosen illustrations, the book offers lovers of history a fresh and deep understanding of the reign of Shah Jahan, while opening enticing avenues of investigation to scholars.