Palaces, Tombs, and Mosques: The Magnificent Archictecture of Mughal India

Fifty and Better FABulous Summer Lecture Series

Palaces, Tombs, and Mosques: The Magnificent Archictecture of Mughal India

The Mughal Dynasty, which ruled much of what is today India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan from the 16th to 18th centuries, was one of the most fabled in world history. The symbolism and layout of the buildings as well as the ceremonies that took place in those spaces served to demonstrate the Emperor’s wealth and power, and solidify the loyalty of his subjects and officials. We will explore these connections through a detailed illustrated history of many of the most significant sites and buildings and marvel at their majestic beauty. 

Paul Hanson, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of History at California Lutheran University. He received his doctorate in South Asian and Middle Eastern History from the University of Chicago. Twice a Fulbright Scholar in India, his research has focused on the relationship of religion and political legitimacy in Islamic empires. Other national fellowships and awards have funded further studies in London, Sri Lanka, and Jordan. Winner of the President's Award for Teaching Excellence, his classes made use of many of his own photographs taken during his travels in over 50 countries. He was a founding board member of the South Asian Studies Association and a member of many other professional associations.

Registration is required. Each independent, 2-hour lecture is $10.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses and lectures (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for people age 50 and older. All two-hour lectures in the FABulous Summer Lecture Series are open to all ages.


Register by July 7, before 3 p.m.

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