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Sanjay Subrahmanyam - "In a Glass Darkly: Jesuit Advice for a Mughal Prince"

3/23/2017 4:30 PM

Sanjay Subrahmanyam - "In a Glass Darkly: Jesuit Advice for a Mughal Prince"
Sanjay Subrahmanyam - "In a Glass Darkly: Jesuit Advice for a Mughal Prince"THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017, 4:30 – 6PM EDT
Location Candler School of Theology, Room 360
Department/Organization Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies
Meeting Organizer/Sponsor South Asia Seminar Series event; co-sponsored by Hightower Fund, Candler School of Theology, Department of Religion
Speaker/Presenter Sanjay Subrahmanyam
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Sanjay Subrahmanyam; Distinguished Professor of History; Irving and Jean Stone Chair in Social Sciences; University of California, Los Angeles

“In a Glass Darkly: Jesuit Advice for a Mughal Prince”

The genre of the "Mirror for Princes" was widely known across medieval and early modern Eurasia. This talk focuses on a curious text entitled "Adab us-Saltanat" or "Directorio dos Reys" that was written in the early seventeenth century and presented to the Mughal emperor, Jahangir (r. 1605-27). Its ostensible author is the Jesuit Jerome Xavier (1549-1617). But there is, in fact, a second author whose role deserves greater attention––a certain Maulana 'Abdus Sattar ibn Qasim Lahauri. Between the two, they produced a hybrid work that follows the broad format of Indo-Persian "advice literature" (or akhlaq) while at the same time carrying some intriguing traces of a Machiavellian substratum.

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