SOAS University of London

Department of History, School of History, Religions & Philosophies

Niloufer: A Turkish Princess in India and her Journey from Exile to Pioneer for Women's Empowerment during the first half of the 20th Century

Betül Başaran (St. Mary's College of Maryland)

Date: 9 June 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 9 June 2021Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event Room: Online via Zoom

Type of Event: Seminar

Princess Niloufer belonged to the Ottoman dynasty and was condemned to life-long exile after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire following World War I. Her life is a fascinating story of exile from Turkey to the French Riviera, followed by royal glamor in India as daughter-in-law of Hyderabad’s last independent ruler, where she evolved from foreign bride into a cultural ambassador dedicated to women’s empowerment. Her transnational and cross-cultural journey presents a unique perspective to investigate the intertwined themes of international politics, religion, royalty, and Muslim women’s agency during a turbulent period of major social and political transformations.

For the Zoom link to this event please contact Wayne Dooling or Shabnum Tejani