Taj Mahal: A Story of Love and Empire
Shah Jahan, ruler of India, murdered three of his brothers in his bloody rise to power. Yet when his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, suddenly died, the grief-stricken emperor built the world's most beautiful tomb as a monument to her memory.
Shah Jahan was the fifth emperor of the Mughal dynasty. The Mughals combined the brute force and fierce ambition of their legendary ancestor Genghis Khan with a delicate artistic sensitivity. Theirs was a world where even forts were architectural gems, where emperors had their life stories told in exquisite miniature paintings, and where each new ruler competed with the previous one by building a grander palace, fort, mosque and city.
The Taj Mahal tells the story of this remarkable dynasty through its greatest artistic achievement. From the soaring domes, to the marble columns inlaid with precious gems, to the vast gardens, to the perfect symmetry of its design, the Taj Mahal expressed the power, grandeur, glory and beauty of the Mughal world.
Age: 9 and up
Number of Pages: 48
Publisher: Mikaya Press
Author: Elizabeth Mann ; Alan Witschonke ; Alan Witschonke
Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
KitaabWorld Book Review: The reign of Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal Emperor of India was the golden period of Mughal architecture He commissioned the building of the Red Fort and Jama Masjid in Delhi and most famously the Taj Mahal, a lavish tomb built in honor of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal, a harmonious integration of Indian, Persian and Islamic influences is a considered ‘the jewel of Muslim art in India’ and was described by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore as ‘a teardrop on the cheek of time.’ This book looks at the artistic contributions of the Mughal empire in architecture, literature and painting and the story of love and loss.
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