Samstag, 28. November 2020

Das Mogulreich von Jahangir bis Shah Jahan: Kunst, Architektur, Politik & Literatur (aktualisiert)

Ebba Koch (ed.) - Ali Anooshar (author):
The Mughal Empire from Jahangir
to Shah Jahan:
Art, Architecture, Politics, Law and Literature

Mumbai (India): Marg Publications 2019, 226 pp., illustr.
--- ISBN 978-938243266 --- 

Author's Overview 
In this first-ever multidisciplinary analysis, celebrated historians
Ebba Koch and Ali Anooshahr
curate a volume that examines
the fraught legacies of Jahangir and Shah Jahan.
The reign of Shah Jahan (1628-58) is widely regarded
as the golden age of the Mughal empire, yet it is one
of the least studied periods of Mughal history. 

In this volume, 14 eminent scholars with varied historical interests
- political, social, economic, legal, cultural, literary and art
-historical - 
present for the first time
a multi-disciplinary analysis of 
Shah Jahan and his predecessor Jahangir (reign: 1605-27).
Corinne Lefèvre, Anna Kollatz, Ali Anooshahr, Munis Faruqui
and Mehreen Chida-Razvi
study the various ways in which
the events of the transition between the two reigns
found textual expression in Jahangir's and Shah Jahan's historiography,
in subaltern courtly writing,

and in art and architecture.
Harit Joshi and Stephan Popp
throw light
on the emperor's ceremonial interaction with his subjects and

Roman Siebertz
the bureaucratic hurdles which foreign visitors had to face
when seeking trade concessions from the court.
Sunil Sharma analyses the new developments in Persian poetry
under Shah Jahan's patronage and
Chander Shekhar
the Mughal variant of the literary genre of prefaces. 
Ebba Koch derives from the changing ownership
of palaces and gardens insights about the property rights
of the Mughal nobility
and imperial escheat practices.

Susan Stronge discusses floral and figural tile revetments
as a new form of architectural decoration and

J.P. Losty
sheds light on the changes
in artistic patronage and taste that transformed Jahangiri
painting into Shahjahani.

R.D. McChesney
shows how Shah Jahan's reign cast such a long shadow
that it even reached the late 19th- and early 20th-century rulers of Afghanistan.
This imaginatively conceived collection of articles invites
us to see in Mughal India of the first half of the 17th century
a structural continuity in which the reigns of Jahangir
and Shah Jahan emerge as a unit, a creative reconceptualization
of the Mughal empire as visualized by Akbar (1542-1605) on the basis
of what Babur and Humayun had initiated.
This age seized the imagination of the contemporaries and,
in a world as yet unruptured by an intrusive colonial modernity,
Shah Jahan's court was regarded as the paradigm of civility,
progress and development.

Ergänzende Informationen:

Gudrun Löwner: Christliche Kunst in Indien - eine Übersicht (Dokumentationen)
Der Buddha berührt den unberührbaren Müllsammler, 
seinen späteren Schüler Sunita 
(Hatigammana Uttarananda, Sri Lanka)

  • Pramod Chandra:
    The Tuti-Nama of the Cleveland Museum of Art

    Graz: ADEVA 1976. 223 pp., illustr., index
    Als Faksimile bei "Codices Selecti", Facsimile Vol LV + Commentarium

Lizenz: CC

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