Historian William Dalrymple talks about the 'White Mughals' of Delhi. Co-curator of the Asia Society Museum exhibition Princes and Painters in Mughal Delhi, he explores the hybrid art and society that resulted from the initial encounter between Indians and English in the late 18th and early 19th centuries."
William Dalrymple is an historian, travel writer, and journalist, as well as the author of White Mughals (2002) and The Last Mughal (2006), and Nine Lives (2010), among other titles.
Muslim dynasty that ruled most of northern India from the early 16th to the mid-18th century. The dynasty's rulers, descended from Timur and Genghis Khan, included unusually talented rulers over the course of seven generations, and the dynasty was further distinguished by its emperors' efforts to integrate Hindus and Muslims into a united Indian state. Prominent among the Mughal rulers were the founder, Babur (r. 152630); his grandson Akbar (r. 15561605); and Shah Jahan. Under Aurangzeb (r. 16581707) the empire reached its greatest extent, but his intolerance sowed the seeds for its decline. It broke up under pressure from factional rivalries, dynastic warfare, and the invasion of northern India in 1739 by Nadir Shah.