Author Ruby Lal at Carter Center

8/2/2018 7:00 PM

Author Ruby Lal at Carter Center AUG2

Ruby Lal | Empress


The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and A Cappella Books welcome Ruby Lal, Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University, who will discuss her new book, EMPRESS: THE ASTONISHING RISE OF NUR JAHAN. The author will sign copies of her book after the lecture. 

This event is free and open to the public. If you are unable to attend, you may pre-order a signed edition from the A Cappella Books website:

Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. Her legend still lives, but her story was lost―until now.

In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and favorite wife of the Emperor Jahangir, who ruled the vast Mughal Empire. An astute politician as well as a devoted partner, she issued imperial orders; coins of the realm bore her name. When Jahangir was imprisoned by a rebellious nobleman, the Empress led troops into battle and ultimately rescued him.

The only woman to acquire the stature of empress in her male-dominated world, Nur was also a talented dress designer and innovative architect whose work inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal. Nur’s confident assertion of talent and power is revelatory; it far exceeded the authority of her female contemporaries in Renaissance Europe, including Elizabeth I. Here, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography that awakens us to a fascinating history.


Date: Thurs, Aug 2, 2018
Time: 7pm
Venue: Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, 441 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30307

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