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

by Ed. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley

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In 1870, Nawab Sikandar Begum of Begum of Bhopal was the first Muslim woman to write an account of her Haji pilgrimage to Mecca. She traveled with a retinue of a thousand, visited Jeddah and Mecca and performed the requisite rituals and observances. Her witty and acerbic impressions provide a unique.....more


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In 1870, Nawab Sikandar Begum of Begum of Bhopal was the first Muslim woman to write an account of her Haji pilgrimage to Mecca. She traveled with a retinue of a thousand, visited Jeddah and Mecca and performed the requisite rituals and observances. Her witty and acerbic impressions provide a unique insight into her complex personality as she negotiated with the colonial power, her fellow Indians and her South and West Asian co-religionists to craft an image of herself as an effective administrator, a loyal subject and a good Muslim. Reproduced here is the original English translation of her unpublished Urdu manuscript by the wife of a British colonial officer. The critical Introduction and Afterward makes this a comprehensive resource on travel writing by South Asian Muslim women, and encourages rethink of established understanding of travel writing, colonialism and world history.

About the author:

Siobhan Lambert –Hurley is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Nottingham Trent University, U.K. Her research focuses on women, gender and Islam in South Asia. Her other publications include Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage: Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum of Bhopal (2007) and Rhetoric and Reality: Gender and the Colonial Experience in South Asia (co-edited with Avril A. Powell, 2006).

Other details:

ISBN 81-88965-38-3
Category History
Language English
Edition Edition Not Specified
Published in 2007
Publisher Women Unlimited
Condition Brand New
Pages 250
Width 5.5 inches
Height 8.7 inches
Tags Muslim Women , Colonialism , History

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