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The Mughal Dynasty

The Emperors

The Mughal Emperors: And the Islamic Dynasties of India, Iran, and Central Asia by Francis Robinson. A detailed history of the long line of Mughal rulers from 1206 to 1925, illustrated with paintings, manuscripts, and architecture.

A Brief History of the Great Moguls by Bamber Gasciogne, photographs by Christina Gascoigne. Presents in all their splendor the palaces of the Mughal rulers and examines their passions, arts, science, religion, and sophisticated system of administration.

Lives of the Mughal Emperors by John Reeve. This short illustrated book tells the story of the 300-year Mughal dynasty in India.

The Mughal Throne: The Saga of India's Great Emperors by Abraham Eraly. Tells the colorful, exciting story of one of the world's great empires.

Their World

The Mughals of India by Harbans Mukhia. Explores the world of the imperial Mughal family and its lasting legacy in today's India.

The Mughal Empire by John F. Richards. The Mughal empire was one of the largest centralized states in the premodern world. This volume traces the history of the magnificent empire from its creation in 1526 to its breakup in 1720.

The Empire of the Great Mughals: History, Art and Culture by Annemarie Schimmel. Describes the empire's rise to political, military, and economic ascendancy, the development of its power and splendor, and its gradual disintegration.

The King and the People: Sovereignty and Popular Politics in Mughal Delhi by Abhishek Kaicker. An account of the relationship between rulers and subjects in Shahjahanabad (Delhi) from its founding to 1739.

Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, 1707-1857 edited by William Dalrymple and Yuthika Sharma. Color illustrations of portraits, miniature paintings, panoramas, and decorative arts, along with essays by scholars.

The Princes of the Mughal Empire, 1504-1719 by Munis D. Faruqui. Suggests that court intrigues and political backbiting actually helped spread the power of India's Mughal emperors.


The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor by Babur, edited by Wheeler M. Thackston. The writings of the first Mongol emperor of India.

Babur: Timurid Prince and Mughal Emperor, 1483-1530 by Stephen F. Dale. A concise biography of Babur, who founded the Timurid-Mughal Empire of South Asia but suffered the regretful anguish of an exile.

The Garden of the Eight Paradises: Babur and the Culture of Empire in Central Asia, Afghanistan and India (1483-1530) by Stephen F. Dale.

The Story of Babur: Prince, Emperor, Sage by Anuradha Sharma. The memoirs of Babur (1483-1530), founder of the Mughal Empire, retold for young readers.

Children of Babur

The Planetary King: Humayun Padshah, Inventor and Visionary on the Mughal Throne by Ebba Koch. Illustrated look at the life of a 16th century ruler who was deeply involved with art, mathematics, astronomy, and inventions.

Three Memoirs of Humayun by Wheeler Thackston Jr. Three texts (by Princess Gulbadan, Jawhar Aftabachi, and Bayazid Bayat) about the 16th century Mughal emperor Humayun.

Gulbadan: Portrait of a Rose Princess at the Mughal Court by Rumer Godden. Biography of Gulbadan Degam, a princess in 16th century India, drawn from her own memoirs and two other chronicles from the time. Illustrated.

Emperor Akbar the Great

Akbar: The Greatest Mogul by S. M. Burke. A biography.

Akbar and Birbal by Amita Sarin. This book offers a selection of traditional stories about Emperor Akbar and his witty courtier Birbal, along with historical details about the Mughal court.

Akbar: The Great Emperor of India, 1542-1605 by Gian Carlo Calza. An illustrated exhibition catalogue, including portraits and information about arms and armor, jewel boxes, turban ornaments, and more.

Fiction: Early Emperors

Raiders From the North: Empire of the Moghul by Alex Rutherford. Novel about the emperor Babur (1483-1530), founder of India's Mughal empire.

A Kingdom Divided: Empire of the Moghul by Alex Rutherford. Humayun, the second Moghul emperor, must battle not only for his crown and his life, but for the existence of the empire itself.

Ruler of the World by Alex Rutherford. The story of the third great Moghul emperor, Akbar, whose reign began in bloodshed but ended in glory.

The Tainted Throne: Empire of the Moghul, Book IV by Alex Rutherford. India, 1606. Jahangir, the triumphant Moghul emperor, is doomed. Once he raised troops against his own father; now he faces a bloody battle with Khurram, the ablest of his warring sons.

The Serpent's Tooth by Alex Rutherford. Book V of the Empire of the Moghul series. Devastated by the death of his wife, the once ruthless Indian emperor Shah Jahan devotes himself to constructing the Taj Mahal. Meanwhile the enmity building between his sons could bring down the entire empire.

Shah Jahan & His Family

Books About the Taj Mahal
Books About Shah Jahan & His Family
Books About the Mongols


Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India by James William Laine. Shivaji was a 17th-century hero in western India. This book traces the origin and development of the Shivaji legend and paints a complex picture of four centuries of Hindu-Muslim relations. This book was banned in India's Maharashtra state for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Shivaji.


The Jahangirnama: Memoirs of Jahangir, Emperor of India by Jahangir, edited by Wheeler M. Thackston. Jahangir ruled India in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

The Emperor Jahangir: Power and Kingship in Mughal India by Lisa Balabanlilar. Reveals in detail Jahangir's battles with addiction, struggles for power, and his son's rebellion in 1605.

The Lesser-Known World of Mughal Emperor Jahangir by Som Prakash Verma. A psychological study of the emperor, whose memoirs reveal him as a person, poet, and keen observer of nature.

Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India by Ellison Banks Findly. Biography of Jahangir's empress.

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal. In 1611, 34-year-old Nur Jahan became the twentieth wife of Emperor Jahangir of India's Mughal Empire. She governed in his stead and led troops into battle.


The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan. Novel about Mehrunnisa, better known as Nur Jahan, one of India's most legendary and controversial empresses.

The Feast of Roses by Indu Sundaresan. This sequel to The Twentieth Wife continues the love story of Emperor Jahangir and Mehrunnisa.

Shadow Princess: A Novel by Indu Sundaresan. In this sequel to The Feast of Roses, princess Jahanara and her sister scheme for power over their father's harem and their country. Only one of them can succeed.

Books About the Taj Mahal

Tipu Sultan

Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan and the Struggle With the Musalman Powers of the South by Lewin B. Bowring.

Confronting Colonialism: Resistance and Modernization Under Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan edited by Irfan Habib. Essays about Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan, 18th century rulers of the Indian state of Mysore who clashed with the British in the Mysore Wars.

State and Diplomacy Under Tipu Sultan: Documents and Essays edited by Irfan Habib. A supplement to Resistance and Modernization Under Haidar Ali and Tipu Sultan, this volume presents additional documentary evidence.

Last Emperor

The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple. Bahadur Shah Zafar II, the last Mughal Emperor, was a mystic, a talented poet, and a skilled calligrapher, but king in name only. In 1857, an uprising reduced his beloved capital, Delhi, to a ruin. This book provides an Indian perspective on the siege.

Poet Emperor of the Last of the Moghuls: Bahadur Shah Zafar by Farzana Moon. Bahadur Shah Zafar was virtually a prisoner in his own palace in Delhi, subsisting on a pension from British East India Company. After native soldiers rebelled against the British, Zafar was exiled to Burma. His sad poetry is still sung and recited in India and Pakistan.

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