Royal Tombs of India Mapin Publishing

Royal Tombs of India

13th to 18th Century
A.S. Bhalla


“Informative tables containing the list of selected royal tombs, evolution of Indian architecture, and chronological lists of various dynasties add value to this book.” —The Tribune

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Royal Tombs of India, the first book of its kind on the Islamic royal tombs of India, focuses on the Tughluq and Lodi tombs, Qutb Shahi tombs and Mughal tombs (Humayun, Akbar, Aurangzeb, Jahangir and Nur Jahan, Bibi-ka-Maqbara, and the Taj Mahal). It also discusses the controversy surrounding the location of Babur’s tomb. These tombs are among the most magnificent pieces of Islamic architecture and grandeur.

The existence of Hindu and Persian Safavid influences in the pre-Mughal and Mughal tombs is a central theme of the book. Different characteristics of pre-Mughal and Mughal architecture are analyzed in examining these influences. The tombs are described in the broader historical and architectural context of the reigns of Tughluq, Lodi, Qutb Shahi and Mughal dynasties.

Besides describing the tombs and dynasties, the book traces the history of royal tombs, from the ancient Egyptian pyramids, the Greek/Roman mausoleums and the Chinese royal tombs to the Islamic tombs of Central Asia, Pakistan and India. It provides a rare insight into lesser known facts about the history and evolution of tomb architecture.

A.S. Bhalla is a Visiting Professor at the School of Contemporary Chinese Studies, University of Nottingham (UK). Formerly he was a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (UK) and Special Adviser to the President of International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada. He had a long and distinguished career in the United National Civil Service, Geneva, Switzerland. He has held academic positions at Cambridge, Oxford, Yale and Manchester. He is the author and editor of 18 books. His recent publications include: In Search of Roots; Globalization, Growth and Marginalization (also in French); Uneven Development in the Third World: A Study of China and India; and Poverty and Exclusion in a Global World (also in Japanese).

• Preface

• Acknowledgements

• History of Royal Tombs

• From Pre-Mughal to Mughal Architecture

• Slave, Khalji and Tughluq Tombs

• Sayyid and Lodi Tombs

• Qutb Shahi Tombs

• Mughal Tombs
ISBN 9788189995102
Pages 152
Number of photographs 87 colour photographs and 10 drawings
Size 8.5 x 11" (216 x 280 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2009
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights

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