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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199068429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199068425
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 5.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Princess Abida Sultaan was the eldest of three daughters born to Nawab Hamidullah Khan, ruler of Bhopal, India. After Nawab Hamidullah Khan became the ruler of Bhopal in 1926, Princess Abida Sultaan was formally recognized as heir apparent at the age of 15. She was brought up to succeed as ruler of the state and was given a thorough grounding in administration, public dealing and statecraft. She was an all-round sportswoman. An adventure-loving free spirit, Princess Abida learnt flying and received her flying license in 1942. She was also a fearless hunter who shot 73 tigers in Bhopal. Princess Abida migrated to Pakistan with her only son, Shaharyar M. Khan, in 1950. She was the only ruler or heir apparent of a major princely state of India to have migrated to Pakistan. Princess Abida was a regular writer in the Pakistan press, defending democracy, women's rights according to Islamic tenets and criticized obscurantist views of the bigoted mullahs through her deep understanding of the Holy Quran.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maleeha Metla on May 2, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When saw this book I didn't know much about Princess Abida Sultaan but the photograph of a young princess with a sword on the cover attracted my attention initially. Princess Abida Sultaan was the heir apparent to the Muslim princely state of Bhopal in India before the creation of Pakistan. This is one princess who walked away from a life of luxury to follow the ideals set out for the newly created state of Pakistan.
As I started to read the book I couldn't keep it down. A truly amazing life led by this independent, strong willed, woman at a time and in a culture where it was not expected of her. I read in awe of this remarkable woman's life - a devoted mother first, then a stateswoman, a sports woman, a hunter and a pilot. A woman truly at peace with her culture and yet smart and open to change. I was particularly impressed by her honesty about her life - whether it came to the failure of her short marriage or any doubt she had while leaving Bhopal for a rough start in a new country where she had no roots.
I gained a lot of respect for this woman through her memoirs but I also felt deeply saddened by the fact that all her great skills, experience and talents were never fully put to use in Pakistan and recognized. She doesn't sound bitter about this lack of use of her innate abilities and her training as the heir apparent of the princely state of Bhopal after her move to Pakistan.
This book should be required text for all classes of South Asian history and women's studies. Its about time the Western world's image of Muslim women and South Asian women in particular be elevated from silk claden exotic creatures who only served a role to please and reproduce heirs.
I do regret never having the opportunity to meet an icon of an era and a generation such as Princess Abida.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Princess Abida Sultan was a great woman; she still lives on in the hearts of the people she touched and the people of Karachi, the city she choose as her home.
She was a educated and learned person, who studied both worldly and religious subjects.
She is an example for the Muslim women of the world, who want to follow their religion properly and do great things as well.
She did great things, beating men while doing so!
What a woman!
Salutes and Cheers for her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OA Khan on August 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A very well written, concise account of an amazing life whose owner did not lose her moral purpose and convictions. Very funny in parts, full of insight and vivd descriptions of early life in Bhopal. Very engaging and hard to put down. The author focusses on interesting and revealing anecdotes.
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