About the book
Audrey Truschke is assistantprofessor of South Asian historyat Rutgers University in Newark,New Jersey. She received herPhD in 2012 from ColumbiaUniversity. Her teaching andresearch interests focus on thecultural, imperial and intellectualhistory of early modern andmodern India (c. 1500-present).Her first book, Culture ofEncounters: Sanskrit at theMughal Court (Penguin, 2016)investigates the literary, socialand political roles of Sanskritas it thrived in the Persian-speaking, Islamic Mughal courtsfrom 1560 to 1650.
About the Author
Aurangzeb Alamgir (r. 1658-1707),the sixth Mughal emperor, iswidely reviled in India today.Hindu hater, murderer andreligious zealot are just a handfulof the modern caricaturesof this maligned ruler. Whilemany continue to accept thestoryline peddled by colonial-era thinkers-that Aurangzeb,a Muslim, was a Hindu-loathingbigot-there is an untold side tohim as a man who strove to be ajust, worthy Indian king.In this bold and captivatingbiography, Audrey Truschkeenters the public debate with afresh look at the controversial