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Ancient Indian Warfare: With Special Reference to the Vedic Period
by Sarva Daman Singh
Hardcover from South Asia Books
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The Baburnama: Memoirs of Babur, Prince and Emperor
by Babur, edited by Wheeler M. Thackston
Zahiruddin Muhammad Babur was the first Mughal, or Mongol, emperor of India. A devoted warrior who fought by the bloodthirsty standards of his time, Babur was also a gifted scholar and ethnographer, and his memoir, The Baburnama--which translator and editor Wheeler Thackston heralds as the first autobiography in Islamic literature--paints a fascinating portrait of the lands he conquered, such as Hindustan: "A strange country. Compared to ours, it is another world. Its mountains, rivers, forests, and wildernesses, its villages and provinces, animals and plants, peoples and languages, even its rain and winds are altogether different." They were different indeed, and we're fortunate to have this beautifully illustrated record of Babur's wonderment at the new places he saw.
Paperback: 544 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.25 x 8.02 x 5.22
Publisher: Modern Library; (September 10, )
ISBN: 0375761373

Babur : Founder of the Mughal Empire in India
by Mohibbul Hasan
(Hardcover - July 1986)
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Beneath a Vedic Sky: A Beginner's Guide to the Astrology of Ancient India
by William R. Levacy

The Biographical Scripture of King Asoka
by Numata Center for Buddhist Translation & Research.
Book Description Translated from the Chinese by Li Rongxi. This is a biography of King Asoka, the third ruler of the Mauryan Dynasty in Magadha in Central India during the third century B.C.E. It relates how King Asoka unified India for the first time, and having been converted to Buddhism, sent emissaries throughout the land spreading the teachings of Buddhism.

A Concise History of India
by Barbara Daly Metcalf, Thomas R. Metcalf
Listed under Indian History

The Complete Illustrated Guide to Ayurveda: The Ancient Indian Healing Tradition
by Gopi Warrier, Deepika Gunawant
Listed under Ayurveda

Donors, Devotees, and the Daughters of God: Temple Women in Medieval Tamilnadu
by Leslie C. Orr
Book Description: Through the use of epigraphical evidence, Leslie C. Orr brings into focus the activities and identities of the temple women (devadasis) of medieval South India. This book shows how temple women's initiative and economic autonomy involved them in medieval temple politics and allowed them to establish themselves in roles with particular social and religious meanings. This study suggests new ways of understanding the character of the temple woman and, more generally, of the roles of women in Indian religion and society. 
Hardcover: 320 pages
Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0195099621; (March )

The Edicts of Asoka
edited by N. A. Nikam and Richard McKeon

The Emergence of Monarchy in North India: Eighth - Fourth Centuries B.C.: As Reflected in the Brahmanical Tradition
by Kumkum Roy
Hardcover: 356 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.50 x 9.00 x 6.00
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr; ; (March )
ISBN: 0195634160

Faces of the Feminine in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern India
by Mandakranta Bose (Editor)

Glimpses of Mughal Society and Culture
by Ishrat Haque

The Search of the Cradle of Civilization
In Search of the Cradle of Civilization
by Georg Feuerstein, Subhash Kak, David Frawley
Book Description
A scholarly tour de force that will revolutionize the way we view the ancient world.
Paperback from Quest Books
In the Land of the Taj Mahal: The World of the Fabulous Mughals
by Ed Rothfarb
Hardcover: 160 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.99 x 9.31 x 7.71
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company; ;
ISBN: 0805052992

The Jahangirnama: Memoirs of Jahangir, Emperor of India
by Jahangir, Wheeler M. Thackston (Editor)
Book Description Wheeler Thackstons lively new translation of The Jahangirnama, co-published with the Freer/Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, presents an engaging portrait of an intriguing emperor and his flourishing empire.

The Emperor Jahangir is probably best know in the West as being the father of Shahjahan, who built the Taj Mahal. His reign was one of great prosperity, and his passion for art and nature encouraged a flowering that some say rivaled European art during the rule of...
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King Asoka and Buddhism
by Anuradha Seneviratna (Editor)

The Kama Sutra Illuminated: Erotic Art of India
by Andrea Marion Pinkney
Listed under Art of India

The Lives and Liberation of Princess Mandarava
translated by Sangye Khandro and Lama Chonam
Book Description Mandarava, a role model for women in tantric Buddhism, was the principal consort of the 8th century Indian master Padmasambhava, before he introduced tantric Buddhism to Tibet.
Paperback: 227 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.55 x 8.20 x 5.94
Publisher: Wisdom Publications; ; (December )
ISBN: 0861711440

The Making of India : A Historical Survey
by Ranbir Vohra
Listed under Indian History

The Moonlight Garden: New Discoveries at the Taj Mahal
by Elizabeth B. Moynihan
Listed under Taj Mahal

New Light on Hampi: Recent Research at Vijayanagara
by John M. Fritz (Editor), et al

Orissa Revisited
by Pratapaditya Pal (Editor)
Listed under Art of India

A Peaceful Realm : The Rise And Fall of the Indus Civilization
by Jane R. McIntosh
Hardcover: 224 pages
Westview Pr (Trd); ISBN: 0813335329; (December )

Proof of Vedic Culture's Global Existence
by Stephen Knapp
Book Description: This book provides evidence which makes it clear that most religious history is not what we think it is. It lets you see the true heritage that has been suppressed for centuries. It shows that there was once a greatly advanced and ancient culture that was a global society. That was the Vedic civilization. Even today we can see its influence in any part of the world, which makes it obvious that before the world became full of distinct and separate cultures, religions, and countries, it was once united in a common brotherhood of Vedic culture, with common standards, ideals, language, and representations of God. 

No matter what we may be in regard to our present religion, society, or country, we are all descendants of that ancient, global civilization. The Vedic tradition of India is the parent of humanity and the original ancestor of all religions...

Royalty in Medieval India
by Khaliq Ahmad Nizami
Hardcover: 300 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.75 x 9.00 x 6.25
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Ltd.; ; 1 edition (June 1, )
ISBN: 8121507332

Razia: Queen of India
by Rafiq Zakaria
Historical Fiction

Ranjit Singh: A Secular Sikh Sovereign
by K.S. Duggal

Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India
by James William Laine

Steps to Water: The Ancient Stepwells of India
by Morna Livingston, Milo Beach

The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume 1: Balakanda
by Robert P. Goldman (Preface)

The Ramayana of Valmiki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume V: Sundarakanda
by Robert P. Goldman (Introduction), et al

Science in Ancient India (Science in History)
by Melissa Stewart
(School & Library Binding)

Savitri: A Tale of Ancient India
by Aaron Shepard, et al
(School & Library Binding - March 1992)

The Twentieth Wife
by Indu Sundaresan
Historical novel about Empress Nur Jahan
In The Twentieth Wife, first-time novelist Indu Sundaresan introduces readers to life inside a bejeweled, dazzling birdcage--the world of the Mughal Court's zenana, or imperial harem. Her heroine exercises power in the only way available to a woman in 17th-century India: from behind the veil. At the age of 8, Mehrunissa (the name means "Sun of Women") has already settled on her life's goal. After just one glimpse of his face, she wants to marry the Crown Prince Salim. And marry him she does, albeit some 26 years later, after overcoming the opposition of her family, an ill-starred early marriage, numerous miscarriages, and the scheming of other wives. 

The story's gothic trappings have a basis in fact. As Sundaresan writes in her afterword, the historical Mehrunissa exercised far more power than was usually allotted to an empress, issuing coins in her own name, giving orders, trading, owning property, and patronizing the arts. (Curiously, the book ends just as Mehrunissa is ascending to the throne as empress, dwelling on her years of powerlessness and struggle rather than those of her enormous political influence.) Although the empress was fabled in her time, we know next to nothing about the woman herself. Unfortunately, Sundaresan does little to flesh out this intriguing figure. Despite the vivid historical detail, the reader remains more aware of the author's presence--and her own contemporary take on women's issues--than of her characters' inner lives. --Mary Park -
Hardcover: 320 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.29 x 9.56 x 6.40
Publisher: Pocket Star;
ISBN: 0743427149

Asoka - A Definitive Biography
by Ananda W.P. Guruge
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Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization
by Jonathan Mark Kenoyer
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Ancient India : Land of Mystery (Lost Civilizations)
by Time-Life Books (Editor), Dale M. Brown (Editor)
Hardcover - 168 pages (March )
Time Life; ISBN: 0809490374
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Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India
by Ellison Banks Findly
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Ancient India on DVD
Asoka 2001 DVD
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor
Director: Santosh Sivan
From the Back Cover Asoka traces the life of Emperor Asoka, the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya who ascended the throne of Magadha in the 3rd century BC. To extend the borders of his empire, Asoka waged on of the bloodiest wars in history with the neighboring kingdom of Kalinga, leaving it ravaged and devastated. Confronted by the aftermath of his conquest, in which hundreds of thousands lost their lives, Asoka is overcome with remorse and renounces the path of war to dedicate his life to spreading the teachings of Buddhism across the world. This is a story based on legends. This film does not claim to be a complete historical account of Asoka's life but an attempt to follow his journey.


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