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Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India / Edition 1

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Overview

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).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195074888
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 590,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Standing in the Legend 3
1 The Immigrant Persians 8
2 Death of Sher Afgan and Marriage to Jahangir 19
3 Rise of the Junta (1611-1620) 43
4 "The World Conqueror" 62
5 Life in the Women's Palaces 88
6 The English Embassy 128
7 Breakup of the Junta (1620-1627) 161
8 Nur Jahan and Religious Policy 184
9 Arts and Architecture of Nur Jahan 218
10 In the Gardens of Eternal Spring 244
11 The Rebellion of Mahabat Khan 260
12 Death of Jahangir and Retirement to Lahore 275
Appendix I: Selected Members of Jahangir's Family 288
Appendix II: Selected Members of Nur Jahan's Family 289
Appendix III: Brief Chronology of the Jahangir Era 290
Notes 292
Abbreviations and Selected Annotated Bibliography 371
Index 391
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