ISBN: 978 984 506 391 3

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The Mughal Aviary: Women's Writings in Pre-Modern India

By Sabiha Huq (Author)

Publisher(s): The University Press Limited (UPL)   

First Published: July 2022 No. of Pages: 217 Weight (kg): 1


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This volume intends to cast hitherto unfocused light on the emergent literary sensibilities shown by four Muslim women in pre-modern India. Gulbadan, Jahanara and Zeb-un-Nessa belonged to the Mughal zenana, which was an enigmatic liminal space of qualified autonomy and complex equations of gender politics. Conversely, Habba Khatoon, famously known as ‘the Nightingale of Kashmir’, was a common woman who married into royalty, but her happiness was short-lived with her husband being treacherously exiled by Emperor Akbar. While the subjective selves of these women never much surfaced under extant rigid conventions, their indomitable understanding of ‘home-world’ antinomies determinedly emerge from their works. This monograph explores the literary-political imagination of these women that was constructed through statist interactions of their royal fathers, brothers or husbands, and how such knowledge percolated through the relatively cloistered communal life of the zenana


Sonia Nishat Amin
Chapter 1: The Mughal Aviary and Women In/Out 
Chapter 2: Humayun’s Biographer Gulbadan Begam: A Quiet Observer of the Aviary 
Chapter 3: Jahanara’s Hagiographies: The Mind of a Matriarch 
Chapter 4: Dissenting Songbird in the Aviary: The Poetry of Zeb-un-Nissa 
Chapter 5: The Plaintive Songbird beyond the Aviary: Habba Khatoon’s Lol 
Chapter 6: Where to Conclude? 


This book features in: Academic and Reference Books Language and Linguistics

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