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Bāburnāma is the name given to the memoirs of Ẓahīr-ud-Dīn Muhammad Bābur (–), . The Babur-nama in English (Memoirs of Babur) () Volume 1 by Annette Susannah Beveridge on the Internet Archive · The Babur-nama in. From Baburnama. It was first translated into English byJohn Leyden and William Erskine as Memoirs of Zehir-Ed-Din Muhammed Baber: Emperor of. The Babur-nama in English (Memoirs of Babur) VOLUME 1 – Kindle edition by Babur Emperor of Hindustan, Annette Susannah Beveridge. Download it once.

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The Babur-nama in English (Memoirs of Babur)

It is an autobiographical work, written in the Chagatai languageknown to Babur as ” Turki ” meaning Turkicthe spoken language of the Andijan – Timurids. According to historian Stephen Frederic Dale, Babur’s prose is highly Persianized in its sentence structure, morphology, and vocabulary, [1] and also contains many phrases and smaller poems in Persian. His vivid account of events covers not just his life, but the history and geography of the areas he lived in and their flora and faunaas well as the people with whom he came into contact.

There is a break in the manuscript between and Emperor of Hindustan [4] and later by the British orientalist scholar Annette Beveridge. Babur’s autobiography has received widespread acclaim from modern scholars.

Quoting Henry BeveridgeStanley Lane-pool writes:. His autobiography is one of those priceless records which are for all time, and is fit to rank with the confessions of St.

Augustine and Rousseauand the memoirs of Gibbon and Newton. In Asia it stands almost alone. The shrewd comments and lively impressions which break in upon the narrative give Babur’s reminiscences a unique and penetrating flavour.

The man’s own character is so fresh and buoyant, so free from convention and cant, so rich in hope, courage, resolve, and at the same time so warm and friendly, so very human, that it conquers one’s admiring sympathy. The utter frankness of self-revelation, the unconscious portraiture of all his virtues and follies, his obvious truthfulness and fine sense of honour, give the Memoirs an authority which is equal to their charm.

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If ever there were a case when the testimony of a single historical document, unsupported by other evidence, should be accepted as sufficient proof, it is the case with Babur’s memoirs.

No reader of this prince of autobiographers can doubt his honesty or his competence as witness and chronicler. Writing about the time Babur came to India, the historian Bamber Gascoigne comments:. He was occupied at this time in linking in narrative form the jottings which he had made throughout his life as a rough diary, but he also found time for a magnificent and very detailed forty page bburnama of his baburnana acquisition—Hindustan.

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In it he explains the social structure and the caste system, the geographical outlines and the recent history; he marvels at such details as the Indian method of counting and time-keeping, the inadequacy of the lighting arrangements, wnglish profusion of Indian craftsmen, or the want of good manners, decent trousers and cool streams; but his main emphasis is on the flora and fauna of the country, which he notes with the care of a born naturalist and describes with the eye of a painter He separates and describes, for example, five types of parrots; he explains how plantain produces banana; and with astonishing scientific observation he announces that the rhinoceros ‘resembles the horse more than baburnamz other animal’ according to modern zoologists, the order Perisodactyla has only two surviving sub-orders; one englisy the rhinoceros, the other the horse.

In other parts of the book too he bagurnama into raptures over such images as the changing colors of a flock of geese on the horizon, or of some beautiful leaves on an apple tree. His progression with all its ups and downs from tiny Ferghana to Hindustan would in itself ensure him a minor place in the league of his great ancestors, Timur and Jenghiz Khan ; but the sensitivity and integrity with which he recorded this bbaburnama odyssey, from buccaneer with royal blood in his veins revelling in each adventure to emperor eyeing in fascinated amazement every detail of his prize, gives him an added distinction which very few men of action achieve.

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The first Mughal Emperor Babur. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Bābur-nāma in English (Memoirs of Bābur) by Emperor of Hindustan Babur

The garden of the eight paradises: Archived baburnzma the original on Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green. Retrieved 5 October Beveridge, Annette Susannah, ed.

Retrieved 14 December Retrieved 12 June Jonathan Cape; New York: Retrieved from ” https: Mughal Empire Books about the Mughal Empire Indian autobiographies Medieval Indian literature 16th-century books 16th-century Indian books Political autobiographies Islamic illuminated manuscripts Mughal art Turkic literature Persian-language books. Articles containing Persian-language text Articles with Internet Archive links Commons category link is defined as the pagename.

Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. In the month of Ramadan of the year and engliish the twelfth year of my age, I became ruler in the country of Farghana. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Baburnama.