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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.
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.
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.
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. She describes life in the harem, her pilgrimage to Mecca, and the reigns of three emperors. Illustrated.
The Mughal Nobility Under Aurangzeb by M. Athar Ali. Examines the composition and role of nobility under the rule of the great emperor Aurangzeb, who reigned from 1658 to 1707.
Captive Princess: Zebunissa, Daughter of Emperor Aurangzeb by Annie Krieger Krynicki, translated by Enjum Hamid. Princess Zebunissa (1638-1702) of India's Mughal dynasty influenced architecture and politics. She studied calligraphy, Sufism and poetry. She gave herself the pen name Makhfi, "The Hidden." Her fate changed drastically when she was sent to prison by her father for mysterious reasons.
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 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.
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.
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 Peacock Throne: The Drama of Mogul India by Waldemar Hansen. A vivid psychological portrait of the vice-ridden Mogul (Mughal) royalty. Out of print, but available from Alibris.
The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor by Babur, edited by Wheeler M. Thackston. The writings of the first Mongol emperor of India.
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.
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.
Shah Jahan and the Taj Mahal
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.
Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India by Ellison Banks Findly. Biography of Jahangir's empress.
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.
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.
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.