This book is a significant contribution to the growing volume of literature on the Great Mughals in India. It traces the Timurid backdrop- political, culture and traditional- from which Babur, the founder of the dynasty, had sprung. The provenance of some of the state measuresn innovations and practices subsequently introduced by the Great Mughals in the land of their adoption have been highlighted. The Jagirdari system, some of the court etiquettes such as Kurnish, architectural patterns, garden designs, deep academic interest, cultivation of fine arts, and urbanism were practices rooted in Babur's central Asian legacy and were revived in the new environment by his successors. Thus the amalgam of cultural synthesis that came into focus about half a century later was greatly enriched by the advent of Babur in India.
This study also briefly brings out the malaise to which Hindustan, after the death of Sultan Firoz Shah, had sunk. The succeeding Sultans were weak and quite often incapable of arresting the growth and proliferation of centrifugal tendencies which had eclipsed the power of Delhi. Babur with one stroke had restored Central authority and Integrated territories from Kabul to Patna under a vigorous, humane and sophisticated rule
About the Author:
Dr. Yusuf Husain was educated at the jamia Millia Islamin and the Paris University under the guidance of Prof. Louis Massignon and Prof. Jules Bloch of College de France, where he also studied the French Language and literature. He took his Doctrate in 1930. He was appointed Reader in History at Osmania University, Hyderabad in 1930, becoming in 1945, Professor and Head of the Department of History. In 1958 he was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University. He served in this capacity for seven years. He was elected President of the Medieval Section of the Indian History Congress at its Nagpur Session in 1950, and in 1954, at the invitationb of the Syndicate of the Madras University, delivered a series of lectures on Indo-Muslim Culture. He was a Visiting Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Simla, for several years. Besides contributing about thirty research papers to the Indian Historical Records Commission, the Indian History Congress and other learned bodies and Journals, DR. Husain is the author of a number of books in English, Frenchand urdu.
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