Donor challenge: For only 2 more days, a generous supporter will match your donations 2-to Triple your impact! Dear Internet Archive. ISBN: X OCLC Number: Language Note : Urdu text. Description: [1 volume]. Responsibility: Urdu translation by Rashid. Gulbadan Begum (c. – 7 February ) was a Mughal princess and the youngest daughter of Emperor Babur, the founder of the Mughal Empire and the first Mughal emperor. She is best known as the author of Humayun-Nama, the account of the life of.

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Akbar helped to carry her bier some distance, and for her soul’s repose made lavish gifts and did good works. When Princess Gulbadan was born in c. From her account we know that Gulbadan was married by the age of 17 to Khizr Khwaja, a Chagatai Mughal by ancestry on his mother’s side and from the Khwajgan Sayyid rulers of Bukhara on his father’s side.

Her arrival in Mecca caused quite a stir and people from as far as Syria and Asia Minor swarmed to Mecca to get a share of the bounty.

She records the fratricidal conflict between her brothers with a sense of grief. Gulbadan Begum persuaded her husband not to do so.

Gulbadan Begum was brought to India at the age of six, was hrdu at 17 to Khizr Khwaja, a Chagatai Mughaland had at least one son.

Humayun Nama : The History of Hamayun (Gul Badan Begam)

Akbar asked his aunt to write whatever she remembered about her brother’s life. As she lay with closed eyes, Hamida Banu Begum spoke to her by the long-used name of affection, “Jiu!

Women, patronage, and self-representation in Islamic societies. She appears to have been an educated, pious, and cultured woman of royalty. Among her siblings, Gulbadan was very close to her brother, Hindal Mirza.

Asas was to be blindfolded and the coin was to be hung around his neck. A battered copy of the manuscript is kept in the British Library. She grew up to be a highly rudu and well-cultured lady and was married to a Chagatai Mughal noble, Khizr Khwaja Khan, [4] at the age of seventeen.


Gulbadan wrote in simple Persian without the erudite language used by better-known writers. She finally returned inseven years after she had set forth on her journey.

The first part of her story deals with Humayun’s rule after her father’s death and the travails of Humayun after his defeat. Akbar commissioned Gulbadan Begum to chronicle the story of his father Humayun. Learn how and when to remove these template messages. She had to live in Kabul with one of her step brothers, who later humyaun to recruit her husband to join him against Humayun.

Gulbadan Begum

Enchantress of Florence, The. It is the only surviving writing penned by a woman of Mughal royalty in the 16th century. Finally she was advised by the other women of the harem to reconsider, and she consented to marry the Emperor. She had written little about her father Babur, as she was only aged eight when he died. Gulbadan also recorded the nomadic life style of Mughal women. State University of New York Press.

When she was 70, nams name is mentioned with that of Muhammad-yar, a son of her daughter, who left the court in disgrace; again, she and Salima join in intercession to Akbar for Prince Salim; again, with Hamida, she receives royal gifts of money and jewels.

Humayun Nama . ھما یوں نامہ ۔ گل بدن بیگم

Hamida was with her to the end, and it may be that RuqaiyaHindal’s daughter, also watched her last hours. Two years later, inshe bore Humayun a son named Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal rulers. Gulbadan recorded her reminiscences in the form of a book, entitled, Humayun-Nama on a request of Akbar. He, however, did so during her nephew’s reign and, along with nmaa son, was defeated and was expelled from court and from her presence for the rest of his life.


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Retrieved from ” https: She did not return to Agra immediately after Humayun won back his kingdom. From her account it is also apparent that she was an astute observer, well-versed with the intricacies ursu warfare, and the intrigues of royal deal making.

As we know that Gulbadan Begum had received the directive to write the story of Humayun’s rule by Akbar, long after the death of Humayun, it is reasonable to believe that the only available manuscript is an incomplete version of her writing. However, there are anecdotes and stories she had heard about him from her companions in the Mahal harem that she included in her account.

He was fond of his aunt and knew of her storytelling skills. Gulbadan Begum described in her memoir a pilgrimage she along with Hamida Banu Begum undertook to Mecca, a distance of 3, miles, crossing treacherous mountains and hostile deserts.

A paperback edition of Beveridge’s English translation was published in India in Her younger days were spent in the typical naama of the peripatetic Mughal family, wandering between Kabul, Agra and Lahore. However in uru to the royal command, I set down whatever there is that I have heard and remember.

Two years after Humayun re-established the Delhi Empire, she accompanied other Mughal women of the harem back to Agra at the behest of Akbar, who had begun his rule. This heavy gold coin was sent to Kabul, with special instructions to play a practical joke on the court jester Jama, who had stayed humayhn in Kabul. March Learn nxma and when to remove this template message. It came to be known as Humayun-nama.