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Empress: Ruby Lal in Conversation with Jean Said Makdisi


Empress: Ruby Lal in Conversation with Jean Said Makdisi

Ruby Lal comes to Beirut to discuss her book Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan with Jean Said Makdisi at Aaliya's Books in Gemmayze. Free event, open to all. Books will be on sale from Aaliya's before and during the event.

Empress: The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan
In 1611, thirty-four-year-old Nur Jahan became the twentieth and favorite wife of the Emperor Jahangir, who ruled the vast Mughal Empire. An astute politician as well as a talented dress designer and innovative architect whose work inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal, Nur was the only woman to acquire the stature of Empress in her male-dominated world. Here, she finally receives her due in a deeply researched and evocative biography that awakens us to a fascinating history.
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Ruby Lal
Ruby Lal is Professor of South Asian Studies at Emory University, Atlanta. She holds a D.Phil in Modern History from the University of Oxford, UK, and an M.Phil in History from the University of Delhi, India. She has taught at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, in History and Anthropology, and served as Associate Director of the Program for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Her fields of study include feminist history and theory, and the question of archive as it relates to writing about Islamic societies in the precolonial and colonial world.

Jean Said Makdisi
Jean Said Makdisi was born in Jerusalem and studied in Cairo and the United States. She is the author of Beirut Fragments: A War Memoir (1990), a New York Times Notable Book, and Teta, Mother, and Me: Three Generations of Arab Women (2006). She has worked with the women’s movement in Lebanon, and has written widely on Arab women and feminism, war, literature, and the cinema. She has been an active member of the Lebanese Association of Women Researchers, co-editing several books and co-organizing several international conferences with the association, most recently Arab Feminisms: A Critical Perspective (2009).

This is a companion event to Ruby Lal's Distinguished Lecture in Women and Gender Studies at AUB on March 14th, entitled 'Isn’t this Representation? The Question of the Archive and the Great Woman Mughal, Nur Jahan'. See the AUB WGS Facebook page for more information!

Map Aaliya's Books, Gouraud Steet, Beirut, Lebanon, Beirut, Lebanon
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