Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400–1800

Indo-Persian Travels in the Age of Discoveries, 1400–1800

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Muzaffar Alam, Sanjay Subrahmanyam
Cambridge University Press, 2/1/2007
EAN 9780521780414, ISBN10: 0521780411

Hardcover, 416 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

Originally published in 2007, this fascinating work is based on detailed and sensitive readings of travel accounts in Persian, dealing with India, Iran and Central Asia between around 1400 and 1800. The first comprehensive treatment of this neglected genre of literature (safar nama), it links the Mughals, Safavids and Central Asia in a crucial period of transformation and cultural contact. The authors' close reading of these travel accounts help us enter the mental and moral worlds of the Muslim and non-Muslim literati who produced these valuable narratives. These accounts are presented in a comparative framework, which sets them side by side with other Asian accounts, as well as early modern European travel narratives, and opens up a rich and unsuspected vista of cultural and material history. This book can be read for a better understanding of the nature of early modern encounters, but also for the sheer pleasure of entering a new world.

1. Introduction
the travel account from Beijing to the Bosphorus
2. From Timur to the Bahmanis
fifteenth-century views
3. Courtly encounters
4. An ocean of wonders
5. When hell is other people
6. An eastern mirror
7. The long road to rum
8. On early-modern travel.