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Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India

Nur Jahan: Empress of Mughal India
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Item Code: IDF955
Publisher: Oxford University Press, New Delhi
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 0195655974
Pages: 408 (B & W Illus: 17)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 9.5" X 6.1"
About the Book:

This is the story of one of the most powerful and influential women in Indian history, Nur Jahan. Born on a caravan traveling form Teheran to India, she went on to rule the Mughal empire- in fact if not in name-when she became the eighteenth and last wife of Emperor Jahangir.

Growing up among noble families of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds, given in marriage to a Turkish soldier of fortune, later widowed with a small daughter, Nur Jahan was noticed four years later by the emperor at a bazaar. She and opium, she immediately ascended into the vacuum of power.

Nur Jahan had a decisive influence on religious policy, artistic and architectural development, foreign trade, gardening, and the opening up of Kashmir. Barred from long-term power at Jahangir's death by her brother and stepson, Nur Jahan spent the last two decades of her life in exile in Lahore.

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.

About the Author:

Ellison Banks Findly is Associate Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Trinity College. She has degrees from Wellesley, Columbia, and Yale, has aught at Mt. Holyoke College, and has served as a visiting curator at the Worcester Art Museum.

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 Palaces,88
6The English Embassy, 128
7Breakup of the Junta (1620-1627)161
8Nur Jahan and Religious Policy184
9Arts and Architecture of Nur Jahan218
10In the Gardens of Eternal Spring 244
11The Rebellion of Mahabat Khan260
12Death 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

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