Memoirs of the Badshahi Mosque: Notes on History and Architecture based on Archives, Literature and Archaic Images by Talha JalalMemoirs of the Badshahi Mosque: Notes on History and Architecture based on Archives, Literature and Archaic Images by Talha Jalal

Memoirs of the Badshahi Mosque: Notes on History and Architecture based on Archives, Literature and…

byTalha Jalal

Paperback | April 15, 2013

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Memoirs of the Badshahi Mosque is an unconventional attempt to bring together diverse aspects of the Badshahi Mosque in a single narrative - aspects that are historical, political, and artistic at the same time. Even though many general studies have been done over the years, few have taken acritical approach towards the history of this monument. There is a striking peculiarity about this mosque which highlights the need for further research - the paradoxical nature of its renown. Fame, at times, becomes a veil; the very idea that we know all too well about the Badshahi Mosque hasprevented us from delving into many obscure facets of its fascinating history. This was a study that began as a humble enquiry into the nature of the interiors and embellishments of the mosque. With time, it expanded into a much broader work which attempts to bridge the many gaps that existed in the history of this Mughal monument. During the research process, the authorsstudied Sikh archives and transcribed the many letters written by British officers in charge of the Badshahi Mosque. They were also tempted to look at a sizeable collection of archaic images that lent a vision to literary imagination - making their claims much more substantial and the analysis morelogical. Still, much remains to be unearthed from the archival collections in Lahore and Delhi. But while some questions are answered, even more are raised in the process. What is hoped in the end is that the reader will walk away with an understanding of the historical "character" of this mosquewhich is enriched by the fact that it experienced the reign of three different empires and witnessed the birth of a new nation. This book should benefit not only those interested in architectural history, but also those with an interest in political and social history of India.
Talha Jalal is a graduate of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is currently pursuing his graduate studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. He has worked as a researcher at LUMS with the historian, Dr S. Nomanul Haq, and is associated with the Center f...
Title:Memoirs of the Badshahi Mosque: Notes on History and Architecture based on Archives, Literature and…Format:PaperbackDimensions:204 pagesPublished:April 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of IllustrationsGlossaryFrancis Robinson: Foreword1. Talha Jalal: Historical Observations - Some Unturned Pages2. Talha Jalal: Blueprints - Tracing the Original3. Talha Jalal and Arqam A. Lodhi: Repairs of the Badshahi MosqueBibliographyAppendicesAppendix A- Timeline of archives (1849-1856)- Files transcribed from handwritten letters (1850 -1856)Appendix B- Management of the Badshahi Mosque and- Disturbances of 1919(1856-1920) - compiled lettersIndex