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Status enjoyed by women Is the yardstick to Assess the standard of civilization for any age or country. The Indian con cept of womanhood is quite exalted but its manifestations have often been distorted. This is particularly true of the women in the Mughal harem. The posi tion of the inmates of the harem needs to be re-examined today when we desire to use woman power for development. Such efforts at re-examination are re quired to be backed by historical studies. An attempt has, there fore, been made in this book to focus attention on the hitherto somewhat neglected edicts issued from the Mughal harem. These edicts purport to lift up the veil of mystery that has enve loped the Mughal harem. While the Medieval Chroniclers were loath to write about the inmates of the harem, foreign travellers based their account on hearsay.The present book, therefore, attempts to examine the nature and extent of the influence exer cised by queens and princesses. Their influence was confined not only to the court but encom passed different parts of the empire and affected collection of revenue, augmentation of cul tivation, promotion of trade. appointments and dismissals of mansabdars, movements of troops and suppression of revolts.
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