Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization) (Paperback)
Cambridge University Press, 9780521615341, 241pp.
Publication Date: May 17, 2011
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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.