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

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EditorSiobhan Lambert-hurley

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In 1863, the Nawab Sikandar Begum, a Muslim woman and hereditary ruler of the princely state of Bhopal in colonial India, traveled to Mecca with a retinue of a thousand people. On returning, she wrote this witty, acerbic account of her journey. In it, we glimpse a process by which notions of the self could be redefined against a Muslim "other" in the colonial environment. Sikandar Begum emerges as a genuinely complex individual, crafting an image of herself as an effective administrator, a loyal subject, and a good Muslim. Siobhan Lambert-Hurley's critical introduction and afterword make this edition a comprehensive resource on travel writing by South Asian Muslim women, colonialism, and world history.

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In 1863, the Nawab Sikandar Begum, a Muslim woman and hereditary ruler of the princely state of Bhopal in colonial India, traveled to Mecca with a retinue of a thousand people. On returning, she wrote this witty, acerbic account of her journey. In it, we glimpse a process by which notions of the self could be redefined against a Muslim...

Siobhan Lambert-Hurley is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Nottingham Trent University, UK. She is author of Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage: Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam of Bhopal and Rhetoric and Reality: Gender and the Colonial Experience in South Asia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:250 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:May 1, 2008Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
An Introduction to Nawab Sikander Begum's Account of Hajj, by Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
A Pilgrimage to Mecca: The Nawab Sikandar Begum of Bhopal
Preface
Translator's Preface
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Appendices
Afterword: Muslim Women Write Their Journeys Abroad, by Siobhan Lambert-Hurley
Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"Readers interested in a very wide range of subjects, including Indian history, Muslim women, and Islam in the colonial period, will welcome this book." -Barbara D. Metcalf, University of Michigan