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Turkestan and the Rise of Eurasian EmpiresA Study of Politics and Invented Traditions$
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Ali Anooshahr

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190693565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190693565.001.0001

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Timurid India

Timurid India

(p.139) 7 Timurid India
Turkestan and the Rise of Eurasian Empires

Ali Anooshahr

Oxford University Press

This chapter will show how the Mughals in India entered a world in which the value of Timurid sovereignty (initially crucial following the capture of Delhi by Timur) had become irrelevant, leaving behind only the traumatic memories of destruction and pillage. However, thanks to the influx of other Timurid mirzas from Central Asia, the emperor Humayun unsuccessfully tried to reclaim that legacy through the efforts of three historians. The survey of texts includes generally overlooked Persian histories from the courts of Delhi, Mandu, Kalpi, and Gujarat from the fifteenth century, as well as Kabul, Gwalior, and the Deccan from the sixteenth century.

Keywords:   Timurid, legacy, Muslim, Indo-Persian historiography, legitimacy, lineage

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