Study Guide

Beneath a Marble Sky Characters

By John Shors

Jahanara

In the gallery that prefaces Under a Marble Sky, Jahanara is described as "highly intelligent,...

Aurangzeb

With a professional name like Alamgir, which means "world seizer," it's pretty obvious that...

Ustad Isa

Isa is a seriously amazing man. He's smart. He's talented. He's incredibly humble, and he's kind....

Shah Jahan

We don't know if it's merely the thorough indoctrination we all undergo at the hands of Disney as...

Ladli

We want Ladli to get her own spin-off TV show; she's just such a cool character. She swears like...

Nizam

Oh, Nizam. You sweet, loyal, soldier, you. It's kind of surprising, really, that this guy is such...

Arjumand

Arjumand, the daughter of Jahanara and Isa, is a sweet girl. (Don't confuse her with Jahanara's...

Mumtaz Mahal

Mumtaz Mahal, Jahanara's mother (her actual name is Arjumand Banu Begum) might as well walk...

Dara Shikoh

Dara is Jahanara's oldest brother, and he's the presumed heir to the Peacock Throne. He's kind,...

Khondamir

We really don't know what Jahanara's parents were thinking when they arranged for her to marry...

Balkhi

If Shah Jahan is this guy, and Aurangzeb is this one, then Balkhi is totally this dude. He's a...

Gulbadan and Rurayya

These girls' little brother should be the next emperor, and it's about time they know it. As...

Minor Characters

Like all great divas, Shivaji only goes by one name. He's a charismatic young leader of the Hindu...