Mughal Gardens of the Islamic World with Dr. Sabahat Adil - Context Travel

Mughal Gardens of the Islamic World with Dr. Sabahat Adil


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In this seminar, learners will travel to South Asia in order to immerse themselves in the gardens and ecological landscapes of the Mughal Empire. The interconnections between Mughal and Safavid gardens will be explored, particularly the Chahar Bagh style, which has four sections to echo the gardens of paradise in accordance with Islamic tradition.

Mughal gardens are intimately connected with those of the Safavids and Persians more broadly. In this seminar, we will explore Mughal gardens, and we will also consider their regional connections outside of South Asia into Central Asia and beyond. Many Mughal gardens follow a similar quadrilateral pattern, taking into account Islamic notions of paradise. In this style, the gardens’ paths intersect in a 90-degree form, and there is often a fountain or other controlled body of water in the middle. In this seminar, learners will travel to some of the most well-known Mughal gardens, including the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, and we will consider how mausolea and other structures were integrated into Mughal gardens. Another site that will be considered is the tomb of Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire, which is located in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Led by an expert on Mediterranean and Islamic history and culture, Dr. Sabahat Adil, this interactive seminar will explore the dynamic history of Mughal gardens and landscapes. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of gardens of the Mughal Empire after taking this seminar and be able to relate it to their own knowledge of gardens in other parts of the world.

This conversation is part of a four-part series on Gardens of the Islamic world by Dr. Sabahat Adil. Each seminar can be joined independently and in any order.

Passionate about the past and its connections with the present, Sabahat Adil, PhD has expertise on the history of the Mediterranean and Islamic worlds, particularly in terms of cultural history. She earned her PhD from the University of Chicago and has taught extensively at a variety of institutions, including the University of Colorado at Boulder and the Newberry Library. Her research and publications focus on the history of North Africa and medieval Iberia. Sabahat has also worked in museum settings, including the Freer and Sackler in Washington, D.C. and the Field Museum in Chicago.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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I was hoping for a wider exposure to garden examples, particularly in slide form. There are a number of restorations, going on in Delhi and in Agra and I would like to have seen them.The Aram Bagh slide shown was actually the brand new
courtyard of the Taj hotel, the Rambagh Palace, in Jaipur.

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P.H.
A bit thin

I was hoping for a wider exposure to garden examples, particularly in slide form. There are a number of restorations, going on in Delhi and in Agra and I would like to have seen them.The Aram Bagh slide shown was actually the brand new
courtyard of the Taj hotel, the Rambagh Palace, in Jaipur.