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Author Kinra, Rajeev, author.

Title Writing self, writing empire : Chandar Bhan Brahman and the cultural world of the Indo-Persian state secretary / Rajeev Kinra.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]

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Description 1 online resource (xix, 371 pages)
Series South Asia across the disciplines
South Asia across the disciplines.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction : a Hindu secretary at King Shah Jahan's court -- Chandar Bhan's intellectual world : a revisionist perspective -- A mirror for Munsh's : secretarial arts and Mughal governance -- King of Delhi, king of the world : Chandar Bhan's perspective on Shah Jahan, the Mughal court, and the realm -- Writing the Mughal self : Chandar Bhan's life and letters -- Making Indo-Persian literature fresh : Chandar Bhan's poetic world -- The persistence of gossip : Chandar Bhan and the cultural memory of Mughal decline -- Conclusion : ending at just the beginning : towards a postcolonial Mughal historiography.
Summary "Writing Self, Writing Empire examines the life, career, and writings of the Mughal state secretary, or Munshi, Chandar Bhan 'Brahman' (d. c.1670), one of the great Indo-Persian poets and prose stylists of early modern South Asia. Chandar Bhan's life spanned the reigns of four different emperors, Akbar (1556-1605), Jahangir (1605-1627), Shah Jahan (1628-1658), and Aurangzeb 'Alamgir (1658-1707), the last of the 'Great Mughals' whose courts dominated the culture and politics of the subcontinent at the height of the empire's power, territorial reach, and global influence"--Provided by publisher.
Language English.
Local Note JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access
Subject Brāhman, Candar Bhān, 1614-1663 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Bra⁺ѕhman, Candar Bha⁺ѕn, 1614-1663 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Authors, Indic -- Mogul Empire -- Biography.
Secretaries -- Mogul Empire -- Biography.
Persian literature -- India -- History and criticism.
Mogul Empire -- History -- 17th century.
Chronological Term 1600-1699
Genre/Form Biography.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Kinra, Rajeev. Writing self, writing empire. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015] 9780520286467 (DLC) 2015002789 (OCoLC)903363379
ISBN 9780520961685 (electronic bk.)
0520961684 (electronic bk.)
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0520962672 (electronic bk.)
9780520962682 (electronic bk.)
0520962680 (electronic bk.)
9780520286467 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0520286464 (pbk. ; alk. paper)