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Mughal Culture and Persianization in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Bengal

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195698800.003.0008
Mughal Culture and Persianization in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Bengal

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This chapter discusses Mughal political culture in general and its prevalence in Bengal in particular. It creates a broader context for the prevalence of a Persianized culture in Mughal (and pre-Mughal) India by describing its status and currency in the eastern part of the Islamic world. The author describes the elements that composed Mughal political culture in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Finally, the chapter explores the general prevalence of Mughal political culture in Bengal together with its limitations in order to provide a context for understanding and appreciating the long shadow cast by the Indo-Persian tradition of tarikh writing on a range of narratives composed in early modern Bengal.

Keywords: Persianized culture; currency; early modern Bengal; Mughal India; political culture; Indo-Persian tradition; tarikh writing; narratives

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