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People/Characters: Hamida Banu Begum

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Empress : the astonishing reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lalwife of Humayan, mother of Akbar [bio]
Jodhaa Akbar [2008 film] by Ashutosh Gowariker
The Mughal Throne: The Saga of India's Great Emperors by Abraham Eraly

Character description

Hamida Banu Begum (1527-1604) It is difficult to exactly chart Hamida Banu's family tree, but sources suggest that she was the descendent of a renowned saint. Prominent as the revered mother of the Emperor Akbar, Hamida fits well the trajectory of Mughal women who animated the royal circles with their presence, support, and wisdom born of age. She married Humayan, the second Mughal king of India, at Pat in the summer of 1541, and gave birth to Akbar in 1542 while the royals were in exile. Hamida surfaces frequently in the Mughal sources especially the Akbarnama. She sought forgiveness on behalf of Prince Salim, future king Jahangir. She did not join the party of senior women pilgrims that Gulbadan Begum led, and likely stayed back to support Akbar. (Biographical details are given only as far as the reign of Jahangir and Nur Jahan. Empress : the astonishing reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lal (2018))

Hamida Banu Begum in Wikipedia

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