Cascoly Books: William Dalrymple

Cascoly Books - William Dalrymple

  • From the Holy Mountain: A Journey Among the Christians of the < Middle East
  • White Mughals
  • Return of the King - narrative of the last king of Afghanistan, which also contrasts the British, Russian and American invasions of Afghanistan   Much os based on recently discovered non-English texts:
  • a second-hand book dealer who occupied an unpromising-looking stall at Jowy Sheer in the old city. The dealer, it turned out, had bought up many of the private libraries of Afghan noble families as they emigrated during the 1970s and 1980s, and in less than an hour I managed to acquire eight previously unused contemporary Persian-language sources for the First Afghan War, all of them written in Afghanistan during or in the aftermath of the British defeat, but in several cases printed on Persian presses in India for domestic Indian consumption in the run-up to the great uprising of 1857. The sources consist of two remarkable heroic epic poems—the Akbarnama, or The History of Wazir Akbar Khan, of Maulana Hamid Kashmiri, and the Jangnama, or History of the War, by Mohammad Ghulam Kohistani Ghulami, both of which read like Afghan versions of The Song of Roland, and were written in the 1840s
  • The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty, Delhi, 1857 The last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah II, also known as Zafar, died in a British prison in Burma in 1862. As the last of the dynastic line that extended back to the sixteenth century, he had in his earlier years presided over a culturally sophisticated court, but as the British East India Company extended its control over more of India, his rule was clearly coming to an end. Then the mutiny of the sepoys against their British officers led to the siege of Delhi, the establishment of direct British colonial rule, and the end of any pretensions of Zafar as emperor. Dalrymple has mined the Persian and Urdu archives to capture the culture of Zafar's court life -- a culture of artists and intellectuals, of Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Dalrymple  adds greatly to the standard picture of the horrors of the fighting that destroyed a great deal of the city of Delhi.
  • Ages of Kali
  • Djinns of Delhi

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