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Babur Nama: Journal of Emperor Babur

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TRANSLATED FROM TURKISH By ANNETTE SUSANNAH BEVERIDGE
NEW DELHI: PENGUIN BOOKS, 2006
385 PAGES, ISBN: 978-0144001491, PAPERBACK

Reviewed by Laxman D. Satya

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 in India that lasted from 1526–1707. It was written in an elaborate style as a journal or daily diary and records the events in his life and times.

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