||Michael C. Carlos Museum
Ackerman Hall, Level Three, Emory Univ.
||Lecture and Book Signing
|Department / Organization
In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan became the twentieth and most cherished wife of the Emperor Jahangir. While other wives were secluded behind walls, Nur, an astute politician and innovative architect, whose work inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal, governed alongside her husband and in his stead as his health failed and his attention wandered from matters of state. In a talk based on her new book, Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan, Ruby Lal, Professor of South Asian Studies, uncovers the rich and complicated world of this dazzling figure and provides new insight into the lives of women and girls in the Mughal empire.
Dr. Lal will sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale at the event.
“A page-turning, eye-opening biography that shatters our impressions of India as established by the British Raj.”
— Kirkus Reviews
This lecture is cosponsored by Emory’s South Asia Seminar Series.