Poet Emperor of the last of the Moghuls: Bahadur Shah Zafar, by Farzana Moon
This book explores the tragic ending of the last of the Moghuls. Three hundred and eleven years of Moghul rule with eighteen emperors in between separate Bahadur Shah Zafar from the first Moghul emperor of India during the history of the great Moghuls.
He was virtually a prisoner in his own palace in Delhi, subsisting on pension from British East India Company. When native soldiers rebelled against the British, Zafar was accused of Mutiny. To which he exclaimed, how can an emperor mutiny against his own subjects? When finally British succeeded in quelling the rebellion, Zafar’s two sons and a grandson were brutally murdered by Captain Hodson. The emperor’s crown jewels were confiscated, he was exiled to Rangoon, Burma.
His sad poetry during his nominal reign till his death in exile is still sung and recited in all parts of India and Pakistan.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Farzana Moon is a historian and a playwright. Five of her scholarly books on Moghul History are published and sixth one is being considered for publication by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. All six of her Moghul sequels are to be adapted for documentaries. She is well versed in Islamic literature. Her first published book on Islam is, Prophet Muhammad The First Sufi of Islam. Another book to be published by CSP is No Islam But Islam to be released in December. Currently she is writing a book on Sharia.