The history of Oudh is incomplete without the reference of its Begams. The Begams have left an abiding mark on Indian history. The most prominent names are- Nawab Begam Sadr-un-Nisa, Bhahu Begam, Padisha Begam and Hazrat Mahal. All these Begams played dominant role in the history of Oudh from the various coups to the sepoy mutiny against the British. The present book makes an even wider appeal in that it illustrates a phase in the development of Shiaism in India.