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This book traces the development and spread of architecture under the Mughal emp rors. Professor Asher considers the entire scope of architecture built under the auspices of the imperial Mughals and their subjects. She looks in particular at the role of political and cultural ideology, the relationship between construction in the major cities and in the provinces and the continuing Mughal fascination with paradisical imagery that culminated in the construction of the Taj Mahal.
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List of plates; General editor's preface; Preface; List of abbreviations; Glossary; Map of major pre-Mughal and Mughal sites; 1. Precedents for Mughal architecture; 2. The beginnings of Mughal architecture; 3. The age of Akbar; 4. Jahangir: an age of transition; 5. Shah Jahan and the crystallization of Mughal style; 6. Aurangzeb and the Islamization of the Mughal style; 7. Architecture and the struggle for authority under the later Mughals and their successor states; Bibliographical essays; Index.


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