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Begums of Bhopal: A Dynasty of Women Rulers in Raj India

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Between 1819 and 1926 four Muslim women rulers reigned over Bhopal, the second largest Muslim state of India, despite staunch opposition from powerful neighbors and male claimants. Even the British India Company initially opposed female rule in Bhopal until the Begums quoted Queen Victoria as their model and inspiration. Each Begum--or Queen--impressed her own personality
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 20th 2000 by I.B. Tauris
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JUSTIN JOS
Aug 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Finally, a book about my own city of Bhopal. I write this review having been away from my family in Bhopal for almost two years due to the pandemic and subsequent border closure. The book is an exciting, insightful and riveting read. It almost plays like soap-opera. The Royal family of Bhopal has had its fair share of grandioseness in its rule over the people of Bhopal. My family does not claim historical roots in Bhopal but I was born and bred there. I did not conceive the world of royals of th ...more
Simala Kureishy
Nov 05, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history
After reading this book I feel like I need to research the
character of the Begums of Bhopal. While the author writes accurately about the historical aspect of Bhopal. His personal bias seeps through this work. Descended from one side of the family, he maligns the character of the members of the other side of his family. If you can get over his personal bias it is wonderful to read about the women who ruled Bhopal for three hundred years.
The sad aspect about reading history is the realization th
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Liam J.
Nov 19, 2021 rated it liked it
I really would have liked to sing praises to this book - any book calling on the reader to examine anew a period history is going to have value, but as another reviewer points out their are obvious bias in the authors treatment and overall it lacks a certain excitement in reading - neither dry academic history nor really good popular history, the book fails to engage and hold the reader. Also the production standards are very poor.
Vipul
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very well researched book about the history of Bhopal state from an author belonging to the ruling family. A good read for those interested in political history and court intrigues. A must read for every bhopali.
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