The Indian Mughal Empire with Tiago Neiva

The Indian Mughal Empire with Tiago Neiva


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Between the fourteenth and nineteenth centuries, three Islamic dynasties–the Ottomans, the Safavids, and the Mughals–established themselves in three particular areas of Asia. Bordering each other, their domains covered, at their peak, a continuous territory ranging from Morocco to South India. These included geographies and cultures such as the Balkans, Maghreb, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian subcontinent. They became the origin of three future modern nations: Turkey, Iran, and India.

Known as the three Islamic Gunpowder Empires, due to the profuse (and very innovative) strategic use of firearms on the battlefield, their political, economic, and military relevance placed them at the level of the most powerful Western nations. From the perspective of Islamic history, they became part of the second political and cultural flowering of the Islamic world, after the hegemony (and subsequent decay) of the Islamic Golden Age, in the medieval period.

Led by an expert on Islamic architecture and art history, Tiago Miranda Neiva, this seminar will cover the Mughal dynasty, from its origin as a small Central Asian state in Uzbekistan, to its rise to become the (Islamic) ruler of most of the Indian subcontinent. Until the British Raj established itself as the dominant power in the 19th century, the Mughal Empire encompassed today’s modern territories of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.

Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased knowledge of the early modern Islamic history, in particular, the political, religious, economic, and social dimensions and the legacy of the Indian Mughal Empire. In a parallel session, there will be a seminar exploring their cultural, architectural, and artistic achievements.

This conversation is part of a six-part series on the Gunpowder Empires with Tiago Miranda Neiva. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a six-part series.

Tiago Miranda Neiva was born and raised in Lisbon. He studied architecture in Rome and worked later in distinct offices in Portugal and Spain. For several years he was Professor of Arts and Art History, having a Master's degree in Teaching of Visual Arts. He is currently working towards a PhD focused on the Art and Architecture of al-Andalus: the confluence between the Arab, Jewish and Christian medieval world. In recent years he has been working as a tour guide in his hometown, seeking to show and reveal its most intimate secrets through an authentic and passionate local vision.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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The Mughal Empire

So informative. I learned so much. Fascinating to learn what an inclusive, tolerant system of government the Mughal dynasty was. That it was the richest empire, other than China, at its apogee. Tiago Nieva is an exuberant lecturer, very well organized with great structure to his lecture/s, using many maps and beautiful pictures to illustrate the seminar.

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The discreet charm of empires

I have been following the whole series about the gunpowder empires, enthusiastically and skillfully presented by Tiago Neiva and I must say that there are huge benefits in tying them together in the way Tiago does, comparing the empires between them and illustrating the specific characteristics of each of them. Another precious thing: a list of further reading tips as well as vocabulary. Immensely appreciated.

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H.S.
So many connections

Tiago Neiva's depth of knowledge, love of his subject, and eagerness to share his excitement with us make his presentations a pleasure. Because this is the 3rd in a series, his comparisons and connections help provide a clearer picture of the time period of the gunpowder empires. His overview of the trajectories of each empire's rise, height, and decline provides an impetus to learn more.

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D.S.
The Mughal Empire

So informative. I learned so much. Fascinating to learn what an inclusive, tolerant system of government the Mughal dynasty was. That it was the richest empire, other than China, at its apogee. Tiago Nieva is an exuberant lecturer, very well organized with great structure to his lecture/s, using many maps and beautiful pictures to illustrate the seminar.

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T.L.
The discreet charm of empires

I have been following the whole series about the gunpowder empires, enthusiastically and skillfully presented by Tiago Neiva and I must say that there are huge benefits in tying them together in the way Tiago does, comparing the empires between them and illustrating the specific characteristics of each of them. Another precious thing: a list of further reading tips as well as vocabulary. Immensely appreciated.

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H.S.
So many connections

Tiago Neiva's depth of knowledge, love of his subject, and eagerness to share his excitement with us make his presentations a pleasure. Because this is the 3rd in a series, his comparisons and connections help provide a clearer picture of the time period of the gunpowder empires. His overview of the trajectories of each empire's rise, height, and decline provides an impetus to learn more.