Dara Shikoh’s place in the Cultural Life of India

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Dara Shikoh’s place in the Cultural Life of India

Dara Shikoh occupies a high place in the cultural life of the Mughal period in India. He was a keen student of the Vedanta and Sufi philosophy and took a great interest in the New Testament.

Dara Shikoh was a man of liberal views and scholarly tastes and acquired great proficiency in Arabic, Persian and Sanskrit.

Bernier says that Dara Shikho was a Hindu among Hindus and Christian among Christians. He got some of the Upanishads and the Bhagvat Gita translated into Persian and was the author of many religious and philosophical works.

His Majma-ul-Bahrain or the Mingling of the two Ocean is a comparative study of Islam and Hinduism. In it, Dara has pointed out that the two faiths are not irreconcilable.

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