Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World has 16 ratings and 1 review. Celeste said: Ruby Lal writes against received histories of the harem, whi. Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World. B. Civilization. Cambridge: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRES. The book under review is a significant and vital. Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World. Ruby Lal explores domestic life and the place of women in the Mughal court of the sixteenth century.

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Philostorian Minthong marked it as to-read Jun 11, We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Non-Muslims in the Early Islamic Empire: These experiments involved the creation of the harem. Settled, sacred, and all-powerful: Anukta marked it as to-read Jul 05, Settled sacred and incarcerated the imperial haram.

Where was the haram in a peripatetic world? She shows that even when the harem comes to Ruby Lal writes against received histories of “the harem,” which portray it as a timeless, universal, den of eroticism entirely separate from the public world of politics. The book describes the reign of three successive Mughal rulers.

The book focuses on a re-reading of contemporary historical literature in the light of the new set of questions it poses. Emily is currently reading it Jan 10, Guns for the Sultan: Nishtha is currently reading it Oct 21, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Ruby Lal studies the early Mughal haram in a meticulous and creative way Her research focuses on issues of gender relations in Islamic societies in the pre-colonial world. Cambridge University Press Amazon. Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World. Challenging traditional, orientalist interpretations of the haram that have portrayed a domestic world of seclusion and sexual exploitation, the author reveals a complex society where noble men and women negotiated their everyday life and public-political affairs in the ‘inner’ chambers as well as the ‘outer’ courts.


Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. A genealogy of the Mughal haram; 3. By making the private apartments more sacred and, therefore, invisible to those outside the immediate family, the monarchy created for itself an aura of being beyond the reach of its subjects.

Empire and Elites after the Muslim Conquest: The author has mapped onto this venture the desires and agency of the imperial women; something which helps to accentuate the fact that these women remained visible, despite the fact that they now resided in secluded places.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For them, the harem was worth exploring and examining but they ended up giving, at times, misleading—even fantastic—accounts of it.

Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World

The question of the archive the challenge of a princesss memoir. By taking up issues such as the intersection of the political interests of women and men, the book emphasizes the superfluity of such distinctions, and contends for the dynamism and contestation of the Mughal harem. The conclusion sums up the findings of each chapter, including the introduction, providing a picture of the development of domestic life that follows the growth and formation of the Mughal Empire.

At this time, the word harem began to be used to refer not only to the women themselves, but also to the spaces they occupied and their service-class. By using our website you agree to our use of odmesticity.


The construction of a new capital at Fatehpur Sikri, that spatially organized the various people and structures within mjghal, was one of the ways to create quarters manifesting the power of the monarchy.

Skip to main content. Zumayah J marked it as to-read Mar 01, Earpy examines how royal life evolved through a period of struggle, how the Mughal monarchy was made, and the role royal women played in Mughal politico-cultural thought.

Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization: Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World

In this scheme, the women came to occupy mughql spaces p. In such a big venture as the hajj, an admixture of trading and political enterprises cannot be ruled out.

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Each experimented with different domestic arrangements, social hierarchies, rituals, and symbols. As the succeeding centuries would show, the ships bound to Mecca were loaded with merchandise for the vendors of that city.

Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World by Ruby Lal

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