William Dalrymple

Dalrymple is a historian and author.

Articles By William Dalrymple

‘What honour is left when we have to take orders from traders who haven’t yet learned to wash their bottoms?’

India’s transition to colonialism took place under a for-profit corporation, which existed entirely for the purpose of enriching its investors.

Jaipur is perfect for the world’s most egalitarian book festival: William Dalrymple

Anyone who wishes to see the draw at the Jaipur Literature Festival should visit Jaipur Railway Station one evening and see all the book-loving students camping on the platforms. They may not be able to afford a hostel bed but they've found ways of getting to Jaipur from Tamil Nadu, Assam and Kashmir to supercharge their minds.

The Sufi must sing

Pakistan is the site of conflict between two understandings of Islam. Let the music not fade

History of Koh-i-noor highlights how many of its owners suffered in the most appalling ways

The story of Koh-i-Noor raises questions historical and contemporary. It is a lightning rod for attitudes towards colonialism.