Zahiriddin Muhammad Bobur (1483-1530)

Category: Literature of Temurid's period Published: Sunday, 02 September 2012

Z.M. Bobur was born in 1483, February 14, in Andijon. He was the fifth generation of Amir Temur. In 1494 when Bobur was only 12 years old, he became a ruler. In 1503 – 1504 he conquered Afghanistan. During 1519 – 1525s he tried to conquer India five times. He became the founder of Bobur`s Empire which lasted more than three centuries (1526 - 1858). He died in 1530, December 26, in Agra. His grave was in Agra but then it was brought to Kabul. He gathered his lyric testament in 1519 in Kabul into “Kabul Devonu”, and in 528 – 1529 in “Hind Devoni”.

There is the information that he created the completed devon. The general amount of his poems is more than 400. 119 of them are written in such as style that is called “gazal” and 231 of them are “ruboi”.

“Boburnoma” was translated into Farsiy/Persian in 1586, into Dunish in 1705 by Vitsen, into English in 1826 by J. Layden and V.Erskin, into French in 1871 by P. de Kurtail, into Turkish in the XX th century by Rashit Rahmat and into Russian by Michail Salye.

During 1826 – 1985 “Boburname” was translated four times into English (1826, 1905, 1921, 1922) three times into French (1878, 1980, 1985) and only once into German. Among them there are such novels “Boburhan”, which was written by Flora Ann Stealning (Paris, 1940), “Bobur” by Fernand Grenardning (Paris, 1930), “Bobur-Tiger” by Garold Lamb (New York, 1961), “Bobur and his ancestors or Great Moguls” (New York, 1980) by Vamber Gaskoin.

The Indian Munil`al wrote 6 novels about Boburids. In Uzbek Literature such writers as Qodirov P., Bayqobilov B., Sultonov H., devoted their novels, and short stories and “doston” to Bobur.

Russian and West European scientists such as Veselovskiy, Ilminskiy, Erskin, Eduard Holden, and Elfiniston appreciated “Boburnoma”. Javaharlal Neru wrote in his book “The discovering of India” about Bobur and Bobur`s generation influence on development of India and the world`s civilization.

Zohidov V., Azimjonova S., Shamsiyev P., Hasanov S. wrote their books about the creative work of Bobur. During the last years the scientists of National University of Uzbekistan did their investigations on the style of Bobur`s lyric poetry according to his work “Mubayyin”

Bobur`s “Mubayyin-l-zakot” gives us information on the tax work of 1521.

And his work “Muxtasar”, which was written in 1523 – 1525, is about “aruz”. These two works have been kept till today. Bobur was also engaged in translation. He translated Hoja Ahror`s work “Volidiya” from Persian/Farsi into Uzbek. There is also the information that Bobur wrote such books as “Harb ishi” (Military Work) and “Musiqa ilmi” (The knowledge of Music), but they were not found.

Z.M.Bobur Boburnoma. Tahskent, 1960.
Bobur. Muxtasar. Tashkent, 1971.
Bobur. Asarlar. Uch jildlik. (The works. Three volumes). Tashkent, 1965.
Hasanov S. Bobur`s work “Risolayi aruz”. Tashkent, 1986.
Stebleva I. Semantika gazeley Babura (Semantics of Bobur`s gazals). Moscow, 1983.

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