Simon Digby (essay date 1989)
SOURCE: Digby, Simon. “An Eighteenth Century Narrative of a Journey from Bengal to England: Munshi Isma'il's New History.” In Urdu and Muslim South Asia: Studies in Honour of Ralph Russell, edited by Christopher Shackle, pp. 49-65. London: University of London, 1989.
[In the following essay, Digby examines Munshi Isma'il's New History, one of the earliest travel narratives written by an Indian, describing his voyage to and experiences in England.]
According to Sir Thomas Roe, ambassador of King James I of England and VI of Scotland to the court of the Mughal Emperor Jahāngīr, a proposal was mooted in 1616 that an Indian ‘gentellman’ should...
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