Hardcover, 656 pages
Publisher: Harvard University Press (January 2015)
Selected by Chiki Sarkar
“Modelled around Harvard’s Loeb Library of Greek and Latin classics, this elegant series is publishing classical Indian literature in definitive bilingual editions.” —Chiki Sarkar
Also known as the Akbarnama, The History of Akbar is the seminal biography of the Mughal emperor Akbar (1556-1605) and a chronicle of 16th-century India. The first volume covers the lives of Akbar’s grandfather Babur and father Humayun, who laid the groundwork for the Mughal Empire. This is a modern, facing-page translation from the Murty Classical Library of India and is based closely on the original source. Abu’l-Fazl was Akbar’s vizier and the collected volumes took seven years to complete. Wheeler Thackston is a retired Harvard professor from the university’s department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilisations.