DR NAZAKAT JAHAN TAIMURI A FORGOTTEN HISTORIAN OF LAHORE
DR ABDULLAH CHAGHATAI AS GUIDE TO MANY STUDENTS IN LAHORE
The movement towards ignorance of the past
Dr Abdullah Chaghatai took his PHD on the monument of Taj Mahal in Paris in 1937, which was published in Paris in 1938. He came back and literally was the founding father of history and archaeology in Lahore. Respected everywhere, he had a number of students Who aspired for their doctorates at that time. Miss Nazaksat Jahan Taimuri had done her M.A. by 1952 and wrote an article on Jahan Ara daughter of Shah Jahan and read it at the PAKISTAN HISTORY CONFERENCE LAHORE. Not many women were represented, in fact, we could count six only. She was the few ones were Lahore. Dr Abdullah Chaghatai proposed a PHD thesis on Jahan Ara. By 1954 the thesis was written and she obtained her doctorate from the University of the Punjab and became Head of the History Department Lahore College for Women, Lahore. Dr Abdullah Chaghatai was her guide and examiner of the subject. A copy of her thesis was in the archives of Dr Abdullah Chaghatai. It is in our archives now, a gift of the family to us.
In her own rights, Dr Taimuri belonged to a recognized Mughal family. Most of the male heirs were assassinated by the British after the War of Independence. A Shahzadi survived and the British recognized her.The Mughal family of Model Town was descended from that Shahzadi of Delhi. Obviously the Mughals fascinated everyone and interestingly three members of the family we knew at school. One was Jalal uddin Akbar, Abid Arif and the third Sajjid Arif the engineer. Mirza Khair uddin came from Delhi and settled in Lahore. An extensive family tree is given by them. It says:
d) Shahzadi Nazakat Jahan Begum Sahiba [Dr Nazakat Jahan Taimuri]. b. 1922, educ. Queen Mary’s Sch, and Punjab Univ (BA, B.Ed), Lahore. Teacher and historian, Head of the Dept of History Lahore Coll for Women. m. Muhammad Mian (d. May 1989). She d. 2005, having had issue.