Ruby Lal | Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

Ruby Lal | Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

Thursday, Aug 02, 2018 7:00 PM

Location:
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library
453 Freedom Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Emory University History Professor Ruby Lal speaks at The Carter Library and signs copies of "Empress: The Astonishing Rise of Nur Jahan." 

This event is free and open to the public.

If you are unable to attend this event, you may still pre-order a signed copy below.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK
Four centuries ago, a Muslim woman ruled an empire. Her legend still lives, but her story was lost―until now.

In 1611, 34-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and favorite wife of the Emperor Jahangir, who ruled the vast Mughal Empire. An astute politician as well as a devoted partner, she issued imperial orders; coins of the realm bore her name. When Jahangir was imprisoned by a rebellious nobleman, the Empress led troops into battle and ultimately rescued him.

The only woman to acquire the stature of empress in her male-dominated world, Nur was also a talented dress designer and innovative architect whose work inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal. Nur’s confident assertion of talent and power is revelatory; it far exceeded the authority of her female contemporaries in Renaissance Europe, including Elizabeth I. Here, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography that awakens us to a fascinating history.