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The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

By Ruby Lal
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Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal

Empress (2018) digs deep into the historical archives to shed light on one of the Asian subcontinent’s most inspirational yet neglected figures: Nur Jahan, the first and only empress of the vast and powerful Mughal Empire. Tracing Nur’s story from a roadside birth in Afghanistan to her rise through the royal court and her many military, artistic and humanitarian achievements while in power, Indian historian Ruby Lal sets the record straight about one of history’s most remarkable women.

  • History buffs
  • Feminists
  • Anyone who loves inspiring true stories

Ruby Lal is an Indian feminist historian, writer and scholar based in the US. She is a professor of South Asian history at Emory University in Atlanta, and former associate director of The Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality at John Hopkins University. Her previous books include Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World (2005).

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