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Captive Princess : Zebunissa, Daughter of Emperor Aurangzeb,9780195798371

Captive Princess : Zebunissa, Daughter of Emperor Aurangzeb

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9780195798371

ISBN10:
0195798376
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Hardcover
Pub. Date:
2/9/2006
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press
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Summary

"The heroine of our book, Zebunissa has remained almost completely ignored by chroniclers and historians. In the prime of her life, her father, the Emperor Aurangzeb incarcerated her in the fortress prison of Salimgarh, where she languished for twenty years until her death. Yet before she fell from grace she had been his favourite daughter. Everything about her life seems shrouded in mystery, and historians have tried in vain to penetrate the obscurity of her life. Only her poems give us an indication of her character. She seems to have been a very humane person, with weaknesses, passions, and an indomitable pride, but dressed in the black veils for which she was noted. In the end, with all her learning and experience, she was incarcerated in Salimgarh, with only the high walls, the yellow sand blowing in the hot breeze, and the tepid waters of the Yamuna glistening in the blazing sun. Here, in isolation and anguish, she contemplated, and plumbed the depths of her heart till finally she confronted the infinity of the Creator."--BOOK JACKET.

Author Biography


Annie Krieger Krynicki is Docteur d'Etat in Public Law. After a career as barrister at law in Paris she also served as a professor at the University of Paris IX Dauphine and at Sorbonne-Nouvelle 3. She is a graduate in Urdu (Inalco, Paris) and has written numerous books and articles about the constitutional and political life in Pakistan. She has been awarded the Knight of Merite and the Sitara-e-Quaid-i-Azam for her studies on Pakistan.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix
Preface xi
Prologue xix
The Deccan Viceroy's Daughter
1(24)
Childhood in Daulatabad
1(3)
A Princely Education
4(1)
A Secular Education
5(1)
A Note on Astrology
6(4)
Astrology and the Mughals
10(4)
Superstition and the Practice of Magic
14(1)
Astrology and the Symbolism of Colours in India
15(3)
Fun and Games
18(7)
Zebunissa at Shah Jehan's Court
25(25)
The Imperial Family
25(4)
The Ceremonials of the Court of Agra
29(4)
The Organization of the Empire and the Role of the Omrahs
33(4)
Powers and Devotions of the Ladies of the Court
37(3)
The Other Side of Imperial Politics
40(1)
The End and the Beginning (1648---1652)
41(3)
The Red Fort of Delhi
44(3)
Aurangzeb and the Siege of Qandahar
47(3)
Zebunissa and the Poets and Sufis
50(22)
Poetry in Shah Jehan s Court
50(1)
The Religious Situation
51(5)
Zebunissa and the Sufis
56(1)
The Chishtis and the Mughal Dynasty
57(1)
Zebunissa, Jahanara, and the Rose Prince
57(7)
The Shattari Silsila and its Followers
64(2)
The Naqshbandia
66(6)
The Deccan: Lost and Found
72(18)
Return to the Deccan
72(5)
The Deccan Viceroy
77(1)
Dara Shikoh s Scandalous Book
78(3)
The Conquest of Golconda
81(3)
The Rebel Princes
84(3)
The War of Succession
87(3)
Zebunissa, Princess Imperial
90(52)
The Emperor Alamgir
90(3)
Portrait of Zebunissa
93(1)
The Family Tragedy
94(1)
The Prisoners
95(6)
Aurangzeb s Family Life
101(2)
The Ladies of the Zenana
103(1)
The Two Courts
104(2)
The Imperial Treasure
106(5)
The Persian Embassy and Zebunissa a Supposed Engagement
111(3)
The Ambassadors of Balkh
114(1)
Aurangzeb s Illness and the Plot
115(2)
The Dutch Ambassadors
117(1)
The Spell of Lahore
118(4)
The Idyll of Lahore or The Princess and the Horseman
122(3)
O Love, I am in Thy Thrall (Diwan XVI)
125(3)
The Last Fires of the Imperial Court
128(3)
Passing Time in the Zenana
131(2)
The Red and Black Clouds of War and Mourning
133(7)
No Torch s Flame for Me (Diwan XLI)
140(2)
The Fall
142(25)
Zebunissa, the Royal Patron
142(3)
The Dissolution of the Family
145(2)
The Evolution of the Court
147(4)
A Troubled Empire
151(3)
The Conquest of Jodhpur
154(4)
The Year of the Comet
158(9)
Sahmgarh, Island of the Living Dead
167(16)
Akbar s Escape
167(4)
Zebunissa s Mystic Poetry
171(2)
The Grandeur and Vicissitudes of Imperial Arms
173(3)
Akbar and the Persian Demon of the Forest
176(7)
Epilogue
183(6)
Notes 189(16)
Dramatis Personae 205(4)
Bibliography 209(4)
Index 213


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