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The Islamic World

From the book Libraries in the Manuscript Age

  • John Seyller


To complement the extensive literary information about the imperial Mughal library documentary evidence can be gleaned from surviving manuscripts. Dozens of notes written by emperors and princes, hundreds of inspection notes and valuations recorded by their librarians, and most recently thousands of seal impressions by Mughal officials make for a fuller picture of the actual workings of the Mughal library. This includes a practically uninterrupted chain of chief librarians and the roster of librarians active during the reign of emperors from Akbar to ʿAlamgir.

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