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Title: Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World
Author: Lal, Ruby
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2005
Paperback; ISBN: 9780521615341
Volumes: 1; Pages: 260
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Ruby Lal explores domestic life and the place of women in the Mughal court of the sixteenth century. Challenging traditional, orientalist interpretations of the haram that have portrayed a domestic world of seclusion and sexual exploitation, she reveals a complex society where noble men and women negotiated their everyday life and public-political affairs. Combining Ottoman and Safavid histories, she demonstrates the richness as well as ambiguity of the Mughal haram, which was pivotal in the transition to institutionalization and imperial excellence.Contents1. Introduction2. A genealogy of the Mughal haram3. The question of the archive: the challenge of a princess's memoir4. The making of Mughal court society5. Where was the haram in a peripatetic world?6. Settled, sacred, and all-powerful: the new regime under Akbar7. Settled, sacred, and 'incarcerated': the imperial haram8. Conclusion.