The Portrayal of Sultan Muhammad Khan in “A Vizier’s Daughter; A Tale of the Hazara War”

Abstract

This study analyzes the novel ‘A Vizier’s daughter- A Tale of the Hazara War’ by Lillias Hamilton, who worked as court physician of Ameer Abdur Rahman in 1890s. The novel is a fictionalized account of her personal Afghan experiences, molded into a storyabouttheAmir’sChiefSecretarySultanMuhammadKhanandaHazaragirl,Gul Begum, as the main characters. Overall, the novel signifies the tragic life of Afghans in general and the Hazaras in particular. The author has portrayed Sultan Muhammad Khan as a self-satisfied court favorite that eventually ends up as an overburdened official. The novel was first published in 1900 in London. Thus, it falls under domain of The Victorian era (1837-1901). At that time, Sultan Muhammad Khan worked as Ambassador of Afghanistan in England. The novel was published with his permission and recognition that his character was very much like him. The appendix at the end of the paper contains the original text of the novel where the Chief Secretary explains ‘the Great Game’ to the Hazara Vizier.

Noor-ul Amin, Sajjad Khan