Razia and the Pesky Presents
The first and only female Sultan of the Delhi Sultanate, Sultan Razia is furious. Someone is sending her the peskiest presents possible: poems on sultanas, girly dresses and palkhis amongst other things. Who is the pest behind these annoying gifts?
Age: 6 and up
Number of Pages: 80 pages
Author: Natasha Sharma
Dimensions: 18.2 x 12.8 x 0.8 cm
2016 SABA Honor Book. See here.
KitaabWorld Book Review: Razia Sultan ruled the Delhi Sultanate in the 13th century, and was its’ only female ruler. Her ascent holds much historical value as her ancestors were slaves, not nobility. A lot of information about her reign comes from the writings of Ibn Battuta (see below) who describes her as a bold young woman, an able administrator, progressive in her views, trained in military warfare and beloved by her subjects for whom she established many schools, academies and public libraries. Using this backdrop of history, and her own sparkling wit and humor, Natasha Sharma takes us back to Razia’s reign, where someone who is upset about a female ruler leading the Delhi Sultanate and is sending Razia pesky presents which challenge her throne. How does Razia find the sender of these pesky presents and understand what they want? A fun historical twist and great introduction to Razia Sultan!
This book is also part of our INSPIRING MUSLIM LEADERS AND THINKERS book list.