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400 Years of India and Britain: The Memoirs of Sir Thomas Roe Documents 2

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November 30, 1619
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Mirza Firuz Shah
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Jahangir 1605–1627

400 Years of India and Britain: The Memoirs of Sir Thomas Roe Documents 2

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The neat writing of Roe’s engrossing hand shapes a tale of struggles and successes. The early entries focus on details of navigation during the lengthy and treacherous voyage to India. Here Roe relates his discussions with Surat officials who came to call on him a few days after his arrival. At one point Roe states,“I offered them drincke which they refused beeing Ramdam, but sayd after it was finished they would come daylie and sitt and eate with me”. This reveals that Roe arrived during the Islamic month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from food and drink from sunrise until sunset. What is notable is that Roe does not elaborate further on the point. The implication appears to be that Ramadan is understood, both by Roe as well as his expected readers. English diplomatic and mercantile circles were then seemingly versed in the religious traditions of the nations they travelled to; at the very least they understood the Islamic traditions of Ramadan practiced by the Muslim Mughal empire. Lubaaba Al-Azami Doctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool. Her AHRC funded research explores early modern English encounters with Mughal Indian imperial femininity.


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