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Open Access The Mughal Audience Hall: A Solomonic Revival Of Persepolis In The Form Of A Mosque

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The Mughal Audience Hall: A Solomonic Revival Of Persepolis In The Form Of A Mosque

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The audience hall was a new building type in the Mughal palace, of central importance for the proceedings of the Mughal court and for the interaction of the emperor with his subjects. Under the rule of Shah Jahan, the Mughal empire entered its classical phase of greatest prosperity and stability. The new audience halls were put up in front of the wall with the Jharoka and were only accessible to holders of a certain rank, namely those courtiers who had a mansab above two hundred. In addition to being a place of daily proceedings in the government of the Mughal empire the Diwan-i 'Amm provided a stage for the great court festivals, in particular Nawruz, the Persian New Year which was celebrated with great pomp and show at the Mughal court, and julus, the anniversary of the emperor's accession to the throne.

Keywords: mosque; Mughal audience hall; Shah Jahan

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