Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India / Edition 1

Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India / Edition 1

by Ellison Banks Findly, Findly, Ellison B. Findly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195074882

ISBN-13: 9780195074888

Pub. Date: 03/28/1993

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Nur Jahan was one of the most powerful and influential women in Indian history. Born on a caravan traveling from Teheran to India, she became the last (eighteenth) wife of the Mughal emperor Jahangir and effectively took control of the government as he bowed to the effects of alcohol and opium. Her reign (1611-1627) marked the highpoint of the Mughal empire, in the

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Nur Jahan was one of the most powerful and influential women in Indian history. Born on a caravan traveling from Teheran to India, she became the last (eighteenth) wife of the Mughal emperor Jahangir and effectively took control of the government as he bowed to the effects of alcohol and opium. Her reign (1611-1627) marked the highpoint of the Mughal empire, in the course of which she made great contributions to the arts, religion, and the nascent trade with Europe. An intriguing, elegantly written account of Nur Jahan's life and times, this book not only revises the legends that portray her as a power-hungry and malicious woman, but also investigates the paths to power available to women in Islam and Hinduism providing a fascinating picture of life inside the mahal (harem).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195074888
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/1993
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Standing in the Legend3
1The Immigrant Persians8
2Death of Sher Afgan and Marriage to Jahangir19
3Rise of the Junta (1611-1620)43
4"The World Conqueror"62
5Life in the Women's Palaces88
6The English Embassy128
7Breakup of the Junta (1620-1627)161
8Nur Jahan and Religious Policy184
9Arts and Architecture of Nur Jahan218
10In the Gardens of Eternal Spring244
11The Rebellion of Mahabat Khan260
12Death of Jahangir and Retirement to Lahore275
Appendix I: Selected Members of Jahangir's Family288
Appendix II: Selected Members of Nur Jahan's Family289
Appendix III: Brief Chronology of the Jahangir Era290
Notes292
Abbreviations and Selected Annotated Bibliography371
Index391

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