MAHAL: Power and Pageantry in the Mughal Harem by Subhadra Sen Gupta

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MAHAL: Power and Pageantry in the Mughal Harem by Subhadra Sen Gupta is a historical book. It is a non-fiction book that hit the shelves on 20 October 2019. The book has been published by Hachette India.

‘Despite what we would like to believe, the Mahal was not an exotic sexual playground; it was a family space. And the stories of these women, from queens and princesses to foster mothers and female officers, deserve to be heard.’
In every citadel of the Mughal Empire, there existed a luxurious fortress that housed the women of the court. Known as the ‘Mahal’, this closely-guarded space that few men could enter has intrigued the world for centuries.

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👑 Subhadra Sen Gupta's #Mahal is based on the true stories of remarkable women who inhabited the Mahal, that existed in every citadel of the Mughal Empire. . . 👑 This commanding narrative introduces us to Ehsan Daulat Begum, Babur's grandmother, without whose enterprise there would have been no Mughal Empire; the Padshah Begums who ran the vast establishment of the Mahal with an all-women team; the female scholars and poets – like Zeb-un-Nissa, Salima Sultan Begum, Zeenat-un-Nissa – who influenced the emperor in matters of diplomacy and state policy; and the queens and princesses who ran vast estates and oversaw fleets of trading vessels, among others. . . 👑 Mahal is a rare peek into life behind the veil, and an illuminating account of the role women played in the courts of the Mughal Empire. #IndiaReadsAtHome

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Uncovering the little-known lives of the remarkable women who inhabited the Mahal, this commanding narrative introduces us to Ehsan Daulat Begum, Babur’s grandmother, without whose enterprise there would have been no Mughal Empire; the Padshah Begums who ran the vast establishment of the Mahal with an all-women team; the female scholars and poets – like Zeb-un-Nissa, Salima Sultan Begum, Zeenat-un-Nissa – who influenced the emperor in matters of diplomacy and state policy; and the queens and princesses who ran vast estates and oversaw fleets of trading vessels, among others.
Mahal is a rare peek into life behind the veil, and an illuminating account of the role women played in the courts of the Mughal Empire.

About the author

Subhadra Sen Gupta has written over 30 books for both adults and children including the popular A Children’s History of India. She loves to travel, flirt with cats and people-watch.

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