Journal of the Punjab University Historical Society, Vol 35, No 01 (2022)

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Exposition of Women in the Historiographical Sources of Medieval India

Farzana Arshad


The historiographical literature of medieval India poses relative silence on mentioning of roles played by women in history. These sources, to a large extent, present a picture of male-dominance not only in the administrative realm but in sphere encompassing human abilities. Therefore, the present research will try to examine the historiographical texts in order to find mentions and names of women in the political history of medieval India i.e. from thirteenth century to the time of Emperor Jahangir. The main aim of this research is to break the myth around female participation and their ‘perceived’ roles in society as well as history by providing short life accounts of the mentioned women in the court histories of medieval India during the mentioned time frame. 

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