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The Court of ʿAbd-ur-Raḥīm Khān-i Khānān as a Bridge between Iranian and Indian Cultural Traditions

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This chapter focuses on two types of circulatory trajectories. It describes the circulation of people between Iran and India and across South Asia through a study of the ʿAbd-ur-Raḥīm Khān-i Khānān's entourage. The chapter concerns with crossovers between Persian and multi-faceted Indian cultural traditions as expressed in the works produced or patronized by Raḥīm. It concludes with a brief examination of the links between ʿAbd-ur Raḥīm's cultural stance and contemporary norms at the imperial Mughal court and thus address the question of the circulation of models from an imperial to a sub-imperial level. Before dealing with these questions, it is essential to pause a moment and properly introduce the main Persian source for this study, the Maʾā ir-i s̱ Raḥīmī. The work was written in 1616 at the behest of ʿAbd-ur-Raḥīm by a Persian immigrant named ʿAbd-ul-Bāqī Nahāwandī.

Keywords: ʿAbd-ur-Raḥīm Khān-i Khānān; imperial Mughal court; Indian cultural traditions; Iranian cultural traditions; Persian source

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