Saving the Mughal Legacy

Kumkum Chatterjee

in The Cultures of History in Early Modern India

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780195698800
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080243 | DOI:
Saving the Mughal Legacy

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This chapter highlights a cluster of Persian texts composed in Bengal during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. These Persian texts belong to the tarikh tradition associated in the South Asian subcontinent with Indo-Islamic political power and its related culture. The chapter explores the substance and content of these narratives and the social, cultural, and political background of their composers. The historiographic function performed by these texts is also discussed.

Keywords: Persian texts; Bengal; tarikh; narratives; culture; political power; composers; historiography

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