© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/187471611X568492 Journal of Persianate Studies 4 (2011) 86-108 brill.nl/jps Imperial Transgressions and Spiritual Investitures: A Begam’s “Ascension” in Seventeenth Century Mughal India Afshan Bokhari 1 Suffolk University Abstract Islamic jurisprudence and social customs regarding laws of inheritance privilege Muslim males as legitimate successors to family legacies and wealth. Furthermore, these heads of households were and are expected to sustain and uphold family values while representing the noble “face” of their legacies. Though women in pre-modern Islamic societies were awarded property and income to support them, they were neither required nor encouraged like their male counterparts to use their agencies or largesse to make banner representations of their lineage or heritage. This essay challenges androcentric ideas and practices surrounding Islamic laws of inheritance through the example of the Mughal princess Jahānārā Begam (1614-81) and her articulations of ascension. This analysis demonstrates how the princess’s extraordinary relationship with her emperor father, Shah Jahān (r. 1628-59), facilitated her spiritual and imperial achievements and elevated her rank in imperial and Sufi hierarchies. Keywords Mughal, Sufism, Women Saints, Qāderiya, Jahānārā Begam Throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Mughal India the pat- terns of imperial succession,
Journal of Persianate Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: Mughal; Jahānārā Begam; Qāderiya; Women Saints; Sufism
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