Philology Matters

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Zakhiriddin Muhammad Babur is a historical figure, king and poet who founded the Great Mughal Empire in India. His work "Baburnama" is a unique source that describes the political and social life, geographical location, culture, as well as his own experiences and feelings of the peoples who lived and worked in the 16th century. He left a unique legacy as a literary critic. In his book “Babur”, Eiji Mano compares Babur to Nobunaga Oda, the hero of Japan at the time. Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire in India, was born in Uzbekistan, and the secret of Babur's popularity at that time lies in the book "Baburnama". In “Baburnama”, Babur described the real image of the Silk Road, in which the political and social way of life of his time originated and grew.
The author of this book, Eiji Mano, was born in 1939 and graduated from the literature department of Kyoto University. Honorary Professor of the University, received the title of Doctor. He mainly conducted research in the field of the history of Central Asia. He is currently a Professor at Ryukoku University, Professor Emeritus and Doctor of Kyoto University. In 2001, he was awarded the Japan Film Academy Award for his book “Babur and His Time”. We consider it necessary to refer to the translation of his brochure "Babur" in this issue. After all, the assessment of our ancestor Zakhiriddin Muhammad Babur and his works, as well as the opinion of foreign scientists should not go unnoticed for us.

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