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Babur Nama: Journal of Emperor Babur

Originally written in Turkish by Emperor Babur (1483–1530) and translated into Persian by his grandson, Emperor Akbar (1556–1605), Babur Nama, Journal of Emperor Babur is now available in English, complete with maps, tables of the family tree, glossary, list of main characters, an Islamic calendar, Babur’s daily prayer, and endnotes that are not too overbearing. Dilip Hiro has done a marvelous job of editing this classic of the autobiographical account of the founder of the Mughal Empire i...

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The Man Who Divided India: An Insight into Jinnah’s Leadership and Its Aftermath

This book is written for popular audiences in India, the West, and in the United States. It became a bestseller in India probably because of its secular overtones and nationalist bias. This critical biogra­phy analyzes the condition of Mus­lims in Pakistan after Jinnah’s death (1948), while giving a historical background to the formation of the state. According to Zakaria, Jinnah began his political career as a messenger of Hindu-Muslim unity, but ended as ‘communal­ist’ whose ultimate ...

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The Man Who Divided India: An Insight into Jinnah’s Leadership and Its Aftermath

By Rafig Zakaria Mumbai, Popular Prakashan, 2001. 276 pages. Hardback. ISBN: 81-7154-892-x This book is written for popular audiences in India, the West, and in the United States. It became a bestseller in India probably because of its secular overtones and nationalist bias. This critical biography analyzes the condition of Muslims in Pakistan after Jinnah’s death (1948), while giving a historical background to the formation of the state. According to Zakaria, Jinnah began his political ...

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