A Princess's Pilgrimage

A Princess's Pilgrimage : Nawab Sikandar Begum's a Pilgrimage to Mecca

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In 1863, the Nawab Sikandar Begum, a Muslim woman and hereditary ruler of the princely state of Bhopal in colonial India, traveled to Mecca with a retinue of a thousand people. On returning, she wrote this witty, acerbic account of her journey. In it, we glimpse a process by which notions of the self could be redefined against a Muslim "other" in the colonial environment. Sikandar Begum emerges as a genuinely complex individual, crafting an image of herself as an effective administrator, a loyal subject, and a good Muslim. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley's critical introduction and afterword make this edition a comprehensive resource on travel writing by South Asian Muslim women, colonialism, and world history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 139.7 x 210.82 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w photos
  • 0253220033
  • 9780253220035
  • 1,165,817

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgments An Introduction to Nawab Sikander Begum's Account of Hajj, by Siobhan Lambert-Hurley A Pilgrimage to Mecca: The Nawab Sikandar Begum of Bhopal Preface Translator's Preface Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Appendices Afterword: Muslim Women Write Their Journeys Abroad, by Siobhan Lambert-Hurley Bibliography
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"This is a must-read for students of gender, imperial, post/colonial, and Middle Eastern histories." -Antoinette Burton, University of Illinois "Readers interested in a very wide range of subjects, including Indian history, Muslim women, and Islam in the colonial period, will welcome this book." -Barbara D. Metcalf, University of Michigan "... this book - with its excellent introduction and afterword - should be celebrated by historians studying the Indian Ocean basin, the history of Islam, travel writing and women's history." -Brett Bennett, University of Texas, Austin, JOURNAL OF BRITISH STUDIES, Vol. 48.3
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About Siobhan Lambert-Hurley

Siobhan Lambert-Hurley is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She is author of Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage: Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam of Bhopal and Rhetoric and Reality: Gender and the Colonial Experience in South Asia.
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