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Research Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Year : 2016, Volume : 7, Issue : 1
First page : ( 61) Last page : ( 72)
Print ISSN : 0975-6795. Online ISSN : 2321-5828.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2321-5828.2016.00012.7

Dining Etiquette and Aesthetics in the Early Mughal Period (1504–1605 CE)

Bharadwaj Anku*

Research Scholar, Dept. of History, University of Delhi, Delhi

*Corresponding Author: Anku Bharadwaj C/O Dr. Vijay Kumar, B/303, Planco Shanti Awas, Boring Patliputra road, Patna Bihar-800013. Email id: ankubharadwaj@gmail.com

Online published on 22 March, 2016.


This paper explores the various norms of dining etiquettes and food aesthetics practiced by Early Mughal period in the time of the first three Mughal kings, Babur (1504–1530), Humayun (1530 -1556) and Akbar (1556 -1605). Studying the processes of constant change in their food habits, adab, and rituals over the period of time, this paper explains the extent of influence of the Turko-Mongol predecessors on early Mughal food habits and rituals, the influence of the dining etiquettes and customs in the construction of political authority, social identities and norms of civility and the role of food aesthetics in the construction of esteem and class-distinction.



Dining etiquettes, food aesthetics, food sharing, hierarchy, power, Mughal, Turko-Mongol.


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