DR NAZAKAT JAHAN TAIMURI A FORGOTTEN HISTORIAN OF LAHORE – DR ABDULLAH CHAGHATAI AS GUIDE TO MANY STUDENTS IN LAHORE

DR NAZAKAT JAHAN TAIMURI A FORGOTTEN HISTORIAN OF LAHORE
DR ABDULLAH CHAGHATAI AS GUIDE TO MANY STUDENTS IN LAHORE

Taimuri family
Taimuri family

The movement towards ignorance of the past

Pakistran History Conference Lahore 1952
Pakistran History Conference Lahore 1952

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.

Miss Taimuris address on Jahan Ara
Miss Taimuris address on Jahan Ara

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:

At no 74 Miss N J Taimuri MA in 1952
At no 74 Miss N J Taimuri MA in 1952

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.

6 thoughts on “DR NAZAKAT JAHAN TAIMURI A FORGOTTEN HISTORIAN OF LAHORE – DR ABDULLAH CHAGHATAI AS GUIDE TO MANY STUDENTS IN LAHORE”

  1. Thanks for writing about my late mom. She had all the attributes of another Jahanara. When I will be in city I will bring some writings of her for your records.

  2. The bearded gentleman ‘s name is Mirza Suryya Jah Gorgani.
    He was recognized Head Of The Mughal Royal Family and my great grand father.
    I had posted this photo through Mr Christopher Buyers who does research work on Safavids and Mughal lineage
    After him my father, Shahzada Mirza Khairuddin Khurshid Jah was made Head Of The Royal Family. My father had met Qaida Azam and had presented two gold mohars of Mughal age to him as token of his loyalty to Muslim League and demand for Pakistan..

      1. How about requesting Christopher Byers to unearth other avenues of the mughal period like buildings, dresses, wedding scenes, weapons, famous books, poetry by royalties etc. He may also be requested to give web links on the subject .

  3. We already know a lot about this and we place same all the time in books and internet. After all we are chughatas and Timur himself was a chaghatai. Wait for more.

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