Press Release | Reflections on Mughal Art and Culture

After a delay of more than a month, we are finally releasing the title Reflections on Mughal Art and Culture in the month of June. This large-format illustrated book has been edited by leading art historian Roda Ahluwalia. This work opens the world of Imperial Mughal India and explores its rich aesthetic and cultural legacy through 13 essays written by eminent international scholars in the field.

These essays offer fresh insights and deeper analysis into established norms, explore pan-Indian connections and draw comparisons with contemporaneous regions of the early modern world. This volume also explores varied subjects under the Mughal umbrella, challenges long-held ideas and draws comparisons between the artistic expressions and material culture of the powerful Islamicate triumvirate of the early modern period. The eminent scholars who contributed to this collection are: Dr Kavita Singh, Dr Mika Natif, Catherine B. Asher, Sheila R. Canby, Vivek Gupta, Gülru Necipoğlu, Subhash Parihar, Laura E. Parodi, Anamika Pathak, Sunil Sharma, Ursula Sims-Williams, Susan Stronge and Roda Ahluwalia.


The contents page is given below.
by Muncherji N.M. Cama

by Roda Ahluwalia

Mughal Chronicles: Words, Images and the Gaps In-between
by Kavita Singh

Preliminary Thoughts on Portraits of Mughal Women in Illustrated Histories: Mahim Anaga and Hamida Banu
by Mika Natif

A Noteworthy Ustad in the Imperial Mughal Kitabkhane of Akbar and Jahangir
by Roda Ahluwalia

Figurative Mughal Murals: Evidence from Miniature Painting
by Subhash Parihar

The Imperial Library of the Mughals: The British Library Collections by Ursula Sims-Williams

Muslim Kings, Hindu Temples: The Legacy of India’s Multi-Cultural History
by Catherine B. Asher

Mughal Garden Typologies Reconsidered
by Laura E. Parodi

The Lapidary Arts in the Mughal Empire
by Susan Stronge

Splendid Decorative Art Objects of Mughal India
by Anamika Pathak

Splendour of the City, Nagarshobha: Textile Culture of Mughal Burhanpur
by Vivek Gupta

Transregional Connections: Architecture and the Construction of Early Modern Islamic Empires
by Gülru Necipoğlu

The Shahnama of Shah Tahmasp and its Impact on Mughal Painting
by Sheila R. Canby

The Indian Woman in a Persianate World: Comparisons across Mughal, Safavid and Ottoman Literary and Visual Cultures by Sunil Sharma


We are also honoured to have a foreword by Muncherji N.M. Cama, President, The KR Cama Oriental Institute, Mumbai, with whom we have collaborated in bringing out this unique volume.
Roda Ahluwalia in her introduction writes that, ‘It is to be hoped that these studies will stimulate further thought and scholarly reflection in the field of Mughal art and culture.’ While that is for academics and researchers to carry out, this beautifully illustrated book is sure to give great pleasure to historians, history buffs and the general reader.


ISBN: 978-93-89136-78-4
INR 3,000 / £55 / $75

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