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Autobiographies impériales mogholes

Abstract : The Mughal tradition of imperial autobiographies was inaugurated by Babur (r. 1526‑1530), the founder of the eponymous dynasty, and continued by his great grandson Jahangir (r. 1605‑1627). The two Mughals were among the few monarchs of the early modern Islamic world to write down their autobiography - a form of expression that had not yet become a genre in its own right in Turco‑Iranian literature as shown by the absence of a common name used to refer to this type of text. Although this autobiographical tradition was abandoned by the successors of Jahangir, a remarkable echo of it is found in the early 19th century with the memoirs composed by Mirza ʿAli Bakht Afzari (1759‑1818), a Mughal prince who failed to become emperor.
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Corinne Lefèvre. Autobiographies impériales mogholes. N. Kouamé, E. Meyer et A. Viguier. Encyclopédie des Historiographies. Afrique, Amérique, Asie, 1 (1), Presses de l’INALCO, p. 112-118, 2020. ⟨halshs-03090772⟩



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