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Fathpur Sikri Revisited

Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi


Fathpur Sikri emerged as a prominent political, social, and cultural centre during the reign of Akbar. Yet much remains to be known about it. Did it emerge all of a sudden or was there a city in existence before Akbar ordered the construction of his palaces there? Was it just an individual’s vision? Who were the builders? Was it abandoned after Akbar left the town? Was there really a shortage of water? Are there no structures other than Akbar’s palaces? The book analyses these and some other questions and delves deep into the untold history of Fathpur Sikri. It lucidly presents the evidence an ... More

Keywords: Sikri, Akbar, construction, chronology, official housing, residential structures, bazars, markets, gardens, hydraulics, waterworks, wall paintings, mason marks, mason signatures, conservation, preservation, architecture, medieval period, Mughal period

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780198084037
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198084037.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi, author
Aligarh Muslim University