We invite you to the First Nandita Prasad Sahai Memorial Lecture, to be delivered by Prof Sunil Kumar of Delhi University on Aug 1, 2014 in remembrance of a much loved and dearly missed teacher at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Prof Kumar's lecture is titled Not to have the Good Fortune of being Accounted among Men: The Long History of Sultan Raziyya.
Prof Harbans Mukhia will chair the event.
ABSTRACT: In the histories of medieval Islamicate societies women hardly ever appear as monarchs. Sultan Raziyya, ruler of Delhi and parts of north India, 1236-40, was one of the few exceptions and her reign elicited very conflicted responses from Persian chroniclers in the long duration. Given the long historiographical interest in Raziyya, her reign provides a rich terrain to consider the spaces between probable events and their layered representations, between history and historiography. That is the central problematic of this paper: a mode of reading a critical event that provides a remarkable opportunity to review aspects of Sultanate and Mughal worlds from differing and unusually unconfident male apertures on female agency.
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