Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

by Ruby Lal


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393239348
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 07/03/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 204,559
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Ruby Lal is professor of South Asian history at Emory University. She is the author of Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan, Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World, and Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India: The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae xi

1 Queen of Queens, an Introduction 1

2 Miracle Girl 14

3 Al-Hind 29

4 The Cupolas of Chastity and the Perfect Man 38

5 The Wak-Wak Tree 46

6 The Mirror of Happiness 60

7 Grave Matters 76

8 A Key for Closed Doors 94

9 Ascent 104

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Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 12 months ago
"... finding her entails peering around the towering figures of men ..." With nothing written in her own hand or by another expressing her own words, we know very little about this woman, except through the eyes of others. And Nur Jahan is not alone in this; there are many authors today, trying to piece together the fragmentary lives of notable women, to retell their stories from, I guess, a more retrospective and understanding voice. Some succeeded - others haven't. There was still so much I wanted to learn about Nur Jahan that wasn't really covered here as the information was just not there. What Lal's book does do is gives us a fairly decent introduction into this woman. ~~~ Melisende (Melisende's Library)
bookwomen37 More than 1 year ago
Before reading this book I was not familiar with Nur Jahan. This book brings this fascinating woman to life. The book is very well written and easy to read. I really enjoyed learning about Nur Jahan and her impact on history. All of her accomplishments are recounted, and she had many. This book is clearly focused on her and not just on the love story legend. Enjoy this magical biography.