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Ruby LalProfessor



  • D.Phil., Modern History, University of Oxford, England
  • M.Phil., History, University of Delhi, India
  • M.A., History, University of Delhi, India
  • B.A., History, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi, India

Teaching/Research Areas

  • History of colonial and pre-colonial South Asia
  • The Mughal Empire
  • Comparative histories of the Mughal, Ottoman and Safavid Empires
  • Gender history of the Islamic societies in early modern and modern world
  • Feminist theory and History as it relates to the archive 

Books Published

  • Royal Vagabond: The Great Adventures of Gulbadan (New Haven: Yale University Press; Forthcoming, February 2024)
  • Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World, A new South Asia edition (New Delhi: Permanent Black and Ashoka University, Fall 2022; Classics in Indian History series)
  • In Pursuit of Playfulness: The Girl-Child/Woman and Nineteenth Century India, A New South Asia edition of Coming of Age (New Delhi: Primus Books, 2019) 
  • Empress: The Astonishing Life of Nur Jahan (NY: W.W. Norton, 2018; paperback, 2020) 
  • Coming of Age in Nineteenth Century India:  The Girl-Child and the Art of Playfulness (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)
  • Domesticity and Power in the Early Mughal World, Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)

Photo credit: Diana Tyszko