A Princess's Pilgrimage : A Pilgrimage to Mecca (1863-1864),
*[A5] Paperback - 250 pages,
by Nawab Sikander Begum,
Introduction and Afterword by Siobhan Lambert-Hurley,
Published by Kube, UK.
A Princess Pilgrimage – A Pilgrimage to Mecca (1863-1864). In 1870, Nawab Sikander Begum of Bhopal became the first South-Asian Muslim woman to publish an account of her pilgrimage to Mecca. She travelled with a retinue of a thousand, visited Jeddah and Mecca, performed the requisite rituals and observances, then returned to India and wrote her witty and acerbic impressions of her visit.
Reproduced here, this is the original English translation by the wife of a British colonial officer of an unpublished Urdu manuscript. It is accompanied by a critical Introduction and Afterword that make this offering a comprehensive resource on travel writing by South-Asian Muslim women, and encourage the reader- whether scholar, student or enthusiast – to rethink established understandings relating to travel writing colonialism and world history.
Siobhan Lambert-Hurley is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. Her research focuses on women, gender and Islam in South Asia with a particular emphasis on education, social and political organisations, the culture of travel, missionaries and autobiographical narratives. Her other publications include Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage: Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam of Bhopal (2007) and Rhetoric and Reality: Gender and the Colonial Experience in South Asia (co-edited with Avril A. Powell, 2006).
Table of Contents :
---Preface and Acknowledgments
---An Introduction to Nawab Sikander Begum's Account of Hajj, by Siobhan Lambert-Hurley,
------Women Travellers, Muslim Travellers,
------Bhopal, Paramountcy and the Indian Pilgrimage,
------Writing a Muslim Journey in a Colonial Enviroment,
------Defining the Self Against a Muslim Other,
------An Alternative Construction of 'The Orient'
------Viewing Things from An Oriental Point of View: Conclusions,
A Pilgrimage to Mecca : The Nawab Sikandar Begum of Bhopal;
---Afterword: Muslim Women Write Their Journeys Abroad, by Siobhan Lambert-Hurley,
Dimensions : 21.5 x 13.8cm.