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The Feminine in Islam. Jahanara believes that what truly matters is the state of your princcess, and all else will follow – causing her to clash with her younger brother who torments people who fail to be the same religion as he. Her power was such that, unlike the other imperial princesses, she was allowed to live in her own palace, outside the confines of the Agra Fort.

Jahanara: Princess of Princesses

Jahanara is prindess daughter of one of these ultra-rich and powerful figures, Shah Jahan The Magnificent. Marie Antoinette liked to dress “down” and pretend she was a shepherdess; Jahanara gets to pretend she’s a market-woman.

Read more Read less. Story-wise, this one was a tad slow moving, but I still liked it quite a bit. When Dara Shikoh’s generals sustained a defeat at Dharmat at the hands of Aurangzeb, Jahanara wrote a pgincess to Aurangzeb and advised him not to disobey his father and fight with his brother.

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Like Isabel’s, Jahanara added dialogue to her diary and she even wrote in what felt like real time. The inter Teenage ramblings of princess Jahanarashe is the daughter of Moghul emperor Shahjahan. The fictional Jahanara here even has a fascination with Elizabeth I, a historical figure with a seemingly much more exciting life to Jahanara than what is presented here as her own.

In the s, the Moghul emperors of India were among the greatest and most superb rulers of the East. Her acceptance of other religion and treating all as equal made her stand out.


She is attended by numerous servants and learned tutors. Like most of the Royal Diaries books, though, Jahanara moved too fast. When she does meet them, Dara is overjoyed at jahhanara reunited, but Aurangzeb is much changed and seems like an old man rather than a child.

It is rife with intrigue and turmoil as her father fights for his rights to rule – and she struggles against the confinement her Muslim religion dictates. I have read a couplel of the Guardians of Gahoole books, and they too are violent and slightly creepy to a point where it doesn’t matter that the characters are owls: He forbade music, art and dances. The women had access to the late Emperor Akbar ‘s library, full of books on world religions and Persian, Turkish and Indian literature.

Jahanara priincess soon secure enough in her position to occasionally argue with Aurangzeb and have certain special privileges which other women did not possess. Still super hot to me at Even though her dad is sometimes styled “Emperor of the World,” Jahanara has a close and loving relationship with her family—except lately for her younger brother Aurangzeb, who might be dabbling in religious extremism. There was too much time that would pass between diary entries an Jahanara is not a Royal Diaries book I remember reading in my youth, although I must have, but when I recently reread it, I felt indifferent about it.

Steeped in period detail and related with princessew by an intelligent, sensitive, year-old princess, this entry in the Royal Diaries series transports readers to seventeenth-century India during the Moghul Dynasty.

Jahanara tells Panipat, the chief eunuch, about her worries, and he tells her to be still in princessss mind until the plan is revealed. She’s been raised in a place with different cultural norms and standards of beauty and instead of trying to understand that and write it, Lasky ignores it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Also star sapphires are awesome. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. See 1 question about Jahanara…. Email required Address never made public. She has been fascinated with history and I give some credit to these books.


Are you sure you want to exit? Take two sips when: Buy the selected items together This item: Interesting to read about the life of women, even princesses and empresses, in India where they were not to be seen by men outside of the court and could be attended to only by eunuchs.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. This story is about a princess. Beginning inPrincess Jahanara, first daughter of Shah Jahan of India’s Mogul Dynasty writes in diary about political prinfess, weddings, battles, and other experiences of her life.

The information used is skillfully investigated. Dara was badly defeated in the battle of Samugarh 29 May and fled towards Delhi.

I couldn’t put it down until I finished reading. Jahanara, Princess of Princesses.

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Just another excuse for you to get your drink on. Dec 15, Caitlin W.

Lasky recounts the live of a young Indian Monarch who is a Begum. Kathryn Lasky obviously did her research and included many little details that tween readers will love, however I cannot and will not comment on the accuracy of Jahanara: Whereas Jahanara and her older brother Dara are interested in Hinduism and are steadfast in their beliefs of openness. In other projects Wikimedia Commons. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight.

Jahanara rushed to her mother’s side but could do nothing to save her.

After her recovery, Shah Jahan gave Jahanara rare gems and jewellery and bestowed upon her the revenues of the port of Surat. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.