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Sacralizing the City: The Begums of Bhopal and their Mosques

Princely building ventures in post 1857 colonial India included, among others, the construction of religious buildings, even as their patrons enthusiastically pursued the colonial modernist agenda. This paper examines the architectural patronage of the Bhopal Begums, the women rulers of Bhopal State, who raised three grand mosques in their capital, Bhopal, in the 19th and early 20th century. Bhopal’s mosques were not only sacred sites for the devout but also impacted the public realm of the city….

Author: Jyoti Pandey Sharma

Keywords: Bhopal Begums, Modernity, Mosques, Mughal legacy, Uprising


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