The Greatest and Most Expensive Structure Ever Built for a Woman

Islam is often faulted for its treatment of women.  And it’s true:  Many Muslim men have historically been, and many still are, guilty of flagrantly sexist oppression.


But the Muslim record on this matter is neither simple nor unambiguous; there is also much good regarding women in Islamic scripture, doctrine, and history.


A spectacular symbol of this is the famous Taj Mahal, located in Aghra, India.



Built between 1632 and 1653 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, it is almost certainly the greatest and most expensive structure ever built for a woman, and indisputably ranks among the world’s most beautiful buildings.



Shah Jahan (1592-1666) was a Sunni Muslim.