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Māhlaqā Bāʾī Chandā
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Māhlaqā Bāʾī Chandā (1768–1824), also known as Chandā Bībī, who has been described as the most captivating and celebrated woman artist—and possibly courtesan—of the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Indian subcontinent, was associated with the reign of two Āṣaf Jāhī niẓāms (lit., governor, but, in fact, autonomous rulers; the niẓāms ruled from 1137/1724 to 1367/1948)) of Hyderabad, Deccan, namely Niẓām ʿAlī Khān (r. 1762–1803) and Sikandar Jāh (r. 1803–29). With her aristocratic educat…

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Tharu, Susie, “Māhlaqā Bāʾī Chandā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 29 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_36003>
First published online: 2020
First print edition: 9789004413443, 2020, 2020-2

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