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People/Characters: Mumtaz Mahal

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Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
Empress : the astonishing reign of Nur Jahan by Ruby Lalnée Arjumand Banu daughter of Asaf Khan, niece of Nur Jahan, beloved wife of Shah Jahan, entombed in Taj Mahal
A Flight of Swans: Poems from Balākā by Rabindranath Tagore
Jahanara, Princess of Princesses by Kathryn Lasky
Shah Jahan & the Story of the Taj Mahal by Julia Marshall
Shah Jahan: The Rise and Fall of the Mughal Emperor by Fergus Nicoll
Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire by Diana Preston
Taj: A Story of Mughal India by Timeri Murari
Women: Around the World and Through the Ages by Sabrina Mervin

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Mumtāz Mahal (April, 1593 - 17 June 1631) is the nickname of Arjumand Banu Begum, an Empress of India during the Mughal Dynasty. She died during the birth of her fourteenth child and her body is buried in the Taj Mahal in Agra.

The niece of Nur Jahan, and the daughter of Nur Jahan's brother Asaf Khan and his wife Diwanji Begum, Arjumand married the third son of Emperor Jahangir, Mughal prince Khurram (later known by his regnal name Shah Jahan. He conferred upon her the title of Mumtaz Mahal, the Elect of the Palace. She bore fourteen children, including Jahanara Begum, (Shah Jahan's favorite daughter), [and Aurangzeb, the son who overthrew Shah Jahan and succeeded him.] Arjumand died in Burhanpur in the Deccan during the birth of her fourteenth child. Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal – meant to represent her house in paradise – as a mausoleum for her. (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))

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