History of Art and Architecture

Rajagopalan receives NEH Summer Stipend & UCIS Major Impact Award

Rajagopalan has received the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) stipend for summer 2024 to develop a journal article titled, "The Other Shah Jahan: An Indian Queen Builds England's First Mosque". The essay traces the history of the Shah Jahan Mosque built in 1889 in Woking, Surrey which was endowed by Shah Jahan Begum--the third woman ruler of Bhopal. It compares the mosque in Woking designed in an "Oriental" style by a British architect, one who had never traveled to the Middle East or South Asia, to Shah Jahan Begum's large mosque complex in Bhopal which included women's chapels and reflected her desire for a syncretic Islamic modernity. Rajagopalan has also received a Major Impact Award from the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) for publication and preparation costs related to her next book Marks She Made: The Art and Architecture of Begum Samru, 1803-1836, which is currently under review with a university press.