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A Princess's Pilgrimage

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A Princess's Pilgrimage
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In 1870, Nawab Sikandar Begum of Bhopal became the first South-Asian Muslim woman to publish an account of her pilgrimage to Mecca. She traveled 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 Reproduced here, this is the original English translation of an unpublished Urdu manuscript by the wife of a British colonial officer. It is accompanied by a critical introduction and afterword, making it a comprehensive resource on travel writing by South-Asian Muslim women. It also encourages the reader- whether scholar, student or enthusiast – to rethink established understandings relating to travel writing, colonialism and world history.

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