The Lady of Gold: Sikandar Lodī's mother (c. 837/1433–922/1516) and the tomb attributed to her at Dholpur, Rajasthan

Mehrdad Shokoohy, Natalie H. Shokoohy
2017 Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies  
Until the Mughal period historians of Muslim India hardly mention ladies, as it was considered discourteous, and even then only a handful of noble women were deemed worthy of mention. A secluded lady was of concern only to the man of the house. There was Sultan Raḍiya, Īltutmish's daughter, who succeeded to the throne and enjoyed a degree of freedom during Turkish rule in India, but was killed, accused of an illicit relationship with a black slave. Nevertheless, many women's influence reached
more » ... yond the harem and their voices appear between the lines. One such woman was the Sharqī Sultan Muḥammad's mother, Bībī Rājī, who played a significant role in the affairs of Jaunpur, but this article concerns another: Sultan Sikandar Lodī's mother, known as Bībī Zarrīna (the Lady of Gold) who defied the Lodī nobility to put her son on the throne. Here we explore her story and study her tomb.
doi:10.1017/s0041977x17001410 fatcat:ld7kzsvh6zfjdduip5hj5ljpvi