Hina KhalidUniversity of Cambridge
Hina Khalid has just completed an MPhil in Theology at the University of Cambridge. Her work has previously examined the theological discourse of the Muslim mystic and philosopher ‘Ibn Arabi, in dialogue with selected aspects of the Buddhist philosophical tradition. Her current research centres on Sufism in the subcontinent, and the distinctive and multi-faceted patterns of Islamic practices as they have been shaped by indigenous cultural and religious forces therein.
Harmonising the worldly and the spiritual: reflections on the life of a Mughal princess
What might a 17th century Mughal princess teach us today about feminine identity and piety in Islam? In this presentation, I will explore the remarkable public and spiritual contributions of Jahanara Begum (1614-1681), the daughter of the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan. Through her charitable imperial activities, her patronage of public mosques and her ardent pursuit of the spiritual path, Jahanara deeply interwove the public and the private realms as mutually complementary spheres of religious practice. The life of Jahanara Begum grants us a profound insight into the intersections of worldly power, female identity, and religious devotion in Islam – inviting us to reflect on the complex and creative ways that Muslim women have embodied their religious identities within the confines of patriarchy.