The World of Islam: Before 1700; India under the Mughal Empire: 1526-1858
The World of Islam: Before 1700
India under the Mughal Empire: 1526-1858
The World of Islam is a comprehensive history of the world of Islam written clearly with an unbiased approach. In nine chapters it covers the period from the pre-Islamic era to the life of Mohammad. It then goes on to show how the religion spread first in Arabia and later across the world. Various Muslim empires, their caliphs and famous dynasties are also discussed with maps to show the expanse of the Islamic rule throughout history. The book also gives detailed information about the contribution followers of the faith have made to science and the arts. Literary contributions made by Muslims during this period are also detailed and illustrated with both elegant figures and relevant photographs.
India Under the Mughal Empire focuses on one of the most splendid periods in the history of India. It is a well researched, successfully condensed and simply written account which starts with the religious and political background of India before the Mughal invasion and discusses in detail how the empire was established. It also gives an interesting account of the lives of the six Mughal emperors as well as the events leading to the rise and eventual fall of the empire ending with the start of the British rule in India.
The book covers not only the political and administrative aspects of the Mughal government but also the day to day life of ordinary people during that period. The contribution to the culture of the region made by the Mughal rulers and their influence on the lifestyle of the indigenous people gives a valuable insight into Indian culture and history. The book is very well illustrated with photographs and maps and contains further useful information by way of the 'Closer look boxes', glossary and timeline.