White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-century India

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Viking, 2002 - History - 459 pages
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From the early sixteenth century, it was common for British colonizers in India to embarrass the Crown by "turning Turk" or "going native." Few caused greater scandal than James Kirkpatrick, a British resident in the Court of Hyderabad, who converted to Islam and spied on the East India Company in the midst of an affair with Khair un-Nissa, the great-niece of the region's prime minister.

White Mogulsis rich with many eccentric characters, from "Hindoo Stuart," who traveled with his own team of Brahmins, to Alexander Gardner, an American whose self-invented costume was showcased by a tartan turban with egret plumes. A remarkable love story set in an exotic and previously unexplored world, White Mogulsis full of secrets, intrigue, espionage, and religious disputes and conjures all the resonance of a great nineteenth-century novel.

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I love William Dalrymple's writing style so much - Goodreads
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This is a scholarly work of Indian history, extensively researched and written with a passion and a nostalgia for a not so distant past when there was wholesale interracial sexual exploration and ... Read full review

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Contents

List of Illustrations
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Dramatis Personae
xxv
Acknowledgements
xxxiii
Copyright

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William Dalrymple is the author of In Xanadu, City of Djinns, and From the Holy Mountain

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