Both an official chronicle and the highly personal memoir of the emperor Babur ( –), The Baburnama presents a vivid and. The Babur-nama in English. (Memoirs of Babur). Translated from the original Turki Text. OF. ZahiruM-din Muhammad Babur Padshah Ghazi. BY. ANNETTE. An elegantly produced modern translation is that by Wheeler M. Thackston, The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor (Washington, D. C., etc.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Both an official chronicle and the highly personal memoir of the emperor Babur —The Baburnama presents a vivid and extraordinarily detailed picture of life in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India during the late-fifteenth and early-sixteenth centuries.
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes notes, indices, maps, and illustrations. Paperbackpages. Published September 10th by Modern Library first published September 10th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Baburnamaplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 25, 7jane rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This was a good read, although if you really hate having loads and loads of names that seem too similar, this might be tough-going, especially at first – but if you stick to it, it becomes really enjoyable around the middle.
This is the memoirs of Babur late 15th and early 16th centuryfounder of the Mughal Empire in India, and one of the first Islamic autobiographies existing.
It shows both the good and the bad sides of him honestly: The story which is not This was a good read, although if you really hate having loads and loads of names that seem too similar, this might be tough-going, especially at first – but if you stick to it, it becomes really enjoyable around the middle.
The story which is not properly finished starts when he was about 12, from Transoxiana to Samarkand to Kabul and endsing in India; but I think his heart remained in Afghansitan, which was given for his oldest son to govern, as Babur had to stay in India. The introduction is by Salman Rushdie, and there are notes, maps and pictures art, objects included, plus some background explanation.
The story is in three parts: There are gaps in the story, some thackstln a few years, and the ends is unfinished though he doesn’t die until some years later.
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There are some biographies of certain people, of different length including his father’sand descriptions babutnama towns and places incl. Samarkand, Herat, Kabul and Hindustan. There are plenty of sieges, battles, conquests, forays, plottings, rebellions. Battles including matchlock guns among weapons, and in India elephants. Descriptions of nature, of food like grapes and melonsparties, hunting incl.
Some poetry is included, which was babuenama valued. Nature shows in surprising deep snows, floods and monsoon rains.
Two earthquakes are mentioned. It’s a slight surprise to notice that Babur isn’t quite completely straight: His bloody side shows in often-mentioned beheadings, which sometimes are piled together. There are sometimes also severe punishments and executions, though always for a reason.
Babur refrains from drink until midpoint, when also some light drug-taking starts appearing. He does give up drinking in with a pledge of temperance, and later expresses the difficulty of sticking to it at first.
Anyway, he builds a lot of things gardens, buildings etc. In the end, after all the facts and names and actions, which grow clearer to read and enjoy, as I’ve said, it is a really great read and interesting.
So if you have any interest in reading this, I do recommend it. Jul 17, Jairam Ranganathan rated it liked it Shelves: Mar 18, Bubba rated it it was amazing Shelves: Modern, especially western readers, used to centuries of self-examination in print might not grasp the magnitude of what Babur did.
Babur relates how he was driven out of Ferghana by the Uzbeks and his squabbling relatives, his conquest and loss of Samarqand, his flight to Afghanistan and conquest of Kabul and Kandahar—after which he assumed the title of Padishah—his forays into Hindustan, his conquest of the Sultanate of Delhi and other Hindustani territories, and his consolidation of these holdings.
That story is known to the history books, and can actually be tedious reading as Babur constantly drops names—names of towns, villages, warriors, Begs, Rajas, Khans, relatives—until you’re not certain if your still reading about the same place or individual as your were a few moments before.
However, it is what he reveals about himself, his worldview, habits, attitudes toward religion, bravery, marriage, penmanship, war, etc. Babur emerges from his memoirs as a real person, not a two-dimensional fictional character. He’s a collection of contradictions. He’s a pious Muslim, but loves wine. In fact he spends a lot of time describing wine parties—the beautiful garden or river raft they took place on—and the antics of those who attended.
Yet he also recounts how he forswore alcohol in later years—only to regret it. He then notes that he truly regrets the incident and declares that poetry should be above such crude behavior.
He also tells the tale of how he had to take opium to relieve the pain from an abcess Babur comes off as a cultured Timurid, constantly laying out gardens, composing verse, chastising his grown son and heir for his poor penmanship and letter writing skills, decribing animals, fruits and flowers. Yet, he also tells gory tales of violence, where rebel villages are decimated and conquered cities are marked with skull pyramids something more typical of his forefather Amir Timur.
In telling the fate of those who plotted to assassinate him, the Padishah seems to relish in the gruesomeness of their demise—I believe someone was flayed alive, while another was trod on by an elephant. Nov 08, Jonathan rated it really liked it.
The Baburnama isn’t something you read from beginning to end. Rather, it’s a book you dip into at random, slowly building up a patchwork view of life in what is today Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, as seen through the eyes of the first Mughal emperor, Babur Now you read about Babur’s impressions of India he hates it, apart from the gold, and mangoes ; now about his private life his mother has to force him to visit his wife, but he has no hesitation in declaring his love for a da The Baburnama isn’t something you read from beginning to end.
Now you read about Babur’s impressions of India he hates it, apart from the gold, and mangoes ; now about his private life his mother has to force him to visit his wife, but he has no hesitation in declaring his love for a dashing Afghan boy. Most of all you read about war, and the battles between various clans, tribes and empires in central and southern Asia. A situation that hasn’t changed much in years.
Apr 14, Robert rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is an excellent translation of a most compelling book, thackzton autobiography of the founder of the Moghul empire. If you ever wondered how feudalism actually works, this is the book for you.
Far from leading a life soley devoted to luxury and dancing girls, Babur is busy keeping his retinue in line and ensuring that the various challenges to his power are properly responded to.
The book is disarmingly honest, reporting drinking parties and drug taking as well as battles and disloyalty by those s This is an excellent translation of a most compelling book, the autobiography of the founder of the Moghul empire.
The book is disarmingly honest, reporting drinking parties and drug taking as well as battles and disloyalty by those sworn to fealty. Sep 11, Grace Tjan rated it liked it Recommends it for: His claim to fame rests on three things: It is a vast, complex narrative of an extraordinarily eventful life, full of battles a Long before Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his beloved, there was a Great Moghul who began it all: It is a vast, complex narrative of an extraordinarily eventful life, full of battles and conquests, as befit his status as a Timurid prince in search of a realm, but also of moonlit drinking parties filled with poetry and music.
Born as a minor prince in what is now Uzbekistan, Babur is a scion of the Timurids, a dynasty established by Tamerlane, which had ruled over much of Central Asia since the 14th century. The Timurid princes were constantly engaged in territorial battles, and from his early teens, Babur had been embroiled in the complex, ever shifting intrigues between his blood relatives.
tuackston More than once he had succeeded in holding and losing Samarkand, and on several occasions, desperately holding on to his life after being defeated by stronger rivals. Necessity turned him toward the north, to Afghanistan, which he conquered at the age of Several years later, he made his first foray into Hindustan, a much larger and wealthier realm that he finally conquered more than two decades later.
He famously loathed his new realm, complaining about its thacksron and dust, pining for his beloved Kabul, where he was eventually buried.
A man of lively curiosity, he wrote about the flora and fauna of India, its landscapes and rivers, and of its native princes and their palaces and temples. He destroyed naked idols that offended his Muslim sensibility, and allegedly built a mosque in Ayodhya, which later became a bone of contention between Thacskton and Hindu extremists who believed that the mosque baburnaam on the birthplace of Rama, an avatar of Vishnu.
He died at the age of 47, not long after conquering India. Driven to despair, Babur consulted a man of religion who told him that the remedy “was to give in alms the most valuable thing one had and to seek cure from God.
May God the Thackstkn accept it. Humayun possessed a priceless diamond, they said, which could be sold and the proceeds given to the poor Babur would not hear of it.
The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor by Zahirud-din Muhammad Babur
I myself shall be his sacrifice. Thaxkston a life may be exchanged for a life, I who am Babur, I give my life and my being for a Humayun.
Babur died near Agra on December 21, He left orders for his body to be buried in Kabul. Forster observed, the greatest difficulty in reading it is not caused by the language which had been translated into modern, even colloquial Englishbut is caused by the seemingly relentless onslaught of unfamiliar names of people and places.
Babur, founder of the Mughal Empire, is one of the most influential thaclston in medieval history. This journal reveals deep insights into his experiences, and his thxckston. He could be brutal and forgiving. He could be poetic, and base. He could abstain from wine, and throw tremendous and wild celebrations.
The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor
In short, his is an interesting life. Within the journal itself, there are many revealing points. At various points, Babur can be quite poetic in his descriptions. Providing a quick biography of Babur, founder of the Mughal Empire, is one of the most influential figures in medieval history.