Monday, July 6, 2015

Zafar: The Last Mughal Empeor

He was the last Mughal emperor. He came to the throne with nothing "of the power and wealth of his ancestors." He was at the center of the Great Uprising against the British in 1857 and was arrested soon thereafter.

Nonetheless, in the eight-mintue clip above, William Dalrymple, author of the The Last Mughal, notes that Zafar created a literary renaissance in Dehli.

According to Dalrymple, Zafar's court "did for Urdu poetry what Queen Elizabeth's court did for English poetry."

The renissance was accomplished because of Zafar's example. He was a poet, an artist and writer himself.

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