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Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Shah Jahan I
Shah Jahan
Historical Figure
Nationality: India
Religion: Sunni Islam
Date of Birth: 1592
Date of Death: 1666
Occupation: Emperor of Mughal Empire
Parents: Jahangir, Princess Manmati
Spouse: Many; Mumtaz Mahal (chief consort, d. 1631)
Children: Parhez Banu Begum
Jahanara Begum
Dara Shikoh
Shah Shuja
Roshanara Begum
Aurangzeb
Murad Baksh
Gauhara Begum
Relatives: Akbar the Great (grandfather)
Appearances:
1632 series
POD: May, 1631
Appearance(s): Grantville Gazette II
Grantville Gazette XXXXV
1636: Mission to the Mughals
Type of Appearance: First referenced, then direct
Date of Death: 1636
Cause of Death: Wounded by assassins
Shahab-ud-din Muhammad Shah Jahan I (January 5, 1592 – January 22, 1666) was the emperor of the Mughal Empire in India from 1628 until 1658. The name Shah Jahan comes from Persian meaning "king of the world." He was the fifth Mughal ruler after Babur, Humayun, Akbar, and Jahangir. While young, he was a favorite of his legendary grandfather Akbar the Great. He is also called Shahjahan the Magnificent.

Shah Jahan in 1632Edit

When news of Grantville reached the Mughal Empire two years after its appearance, Shah Jahan was already wary of the Europeans and their maritime struggles for control of international trade with the Empire. He immediately saw the value of the information coming from Grantville, and actually hoped to monopolize Up-timer technology for his empire. He dispatched a secret diplomatic expedition to Grantville, including Subadar Baram Khan and English-speaker Salim while under the guise of a hajj to Mecca.

Eventually he welcomes the USE delegation and offers them 50,000 silver coins and assigns emir Salim to act as intermediary. He comes to value the medical skills of the up timers and their Allies, as they healed his son Dara of an infection as well as guaranteed the successful birth of his grandson. After learning of how the English came to conquer the Indian subcontinent and mistreat its people up-time, Shah Jahan revoked the firman given to the English and ordered them to leave Surat within a month. Unfortunately the English were then attacked by people in the service of the Orthodox mullah Mullah Mohan.

In 1636, he is killed in a skirmish as collateral damage. His son Dara succeeds him as the next sultan and gives trade concessions to the USE. He seeks to further his ties with the USE by offering a military alliance.


Regnal titles
Preceded by
Jehangir
Mughal Emperor
1627–1658
Succeeded by
Aurangzeb

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