Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India

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Oxford University Press, Mar 25, 1993 - History - 424 pages
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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).
 

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Contents

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 16111620
43
4 The World Conqueror
62
5 Life in the Womens Palaces
88
6 The English Embassy
128
7 Breakup of the Junta 16201627
161
10 In the Gardens of Eternal Spring
244
11 The Rebellion of Mahabat Khan
260
12 Death of Jahangir and Retirement to Lahore
275
Selected Members of Jahangirs Family
288
Selected Members of Nur Jahans Family
289
Brief Chronology of the Jahangir Era
290
Notes
292
Abbreviations and Selected Annotated Bibliography
371

8 Nur Jahan and Religious Policy
184
9 Arts and Architecture of Nur Jahan
218

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