RAZZIA BEGUN!, known also as the Subsea Itazzia, was the daughter of Sharns-ud-Din Al tamsh. On the death of Altamsh, his son Hulot ud-Din was deposed after a reign of seven months, and his sister Razzia Beg= raised to the throne (A.D. 1236, A.II. 63i) under the title Sultana Razzia. She could read the Koran cor rectly ; and her business talents were of so high an order, that Altamsh, when absent on his southern campaigns, twice left her in charge of his govern ment in preference to his sons. She succeedegi in sowing dimensions amongst the two factious that opposed her. She appeared daily on her throne in the usual habit of a sultan, gave audience to all comers, reformed abuses, revised the laws, decided suits of importance, and evinced all the qualities of a just and able sovereign. Ferishta says she was endowed with every princely virtue, and those who scrutinize her aetious most severely will find in her no fault but that she wa.s a woman. But she showed undue, though not criminal, par tiality towards her Master of the Horse, an Abys sinian ; allowed him to lift her up to her horse, and gave him the title of Amir-ul-Umra, which dis gusted the nobles, as it placed him above all others.
A rebellion followed, her army mutinied, and ahe was made prisoner, and committed to the care of Altunia, a Turki chief, while her brother Bahrain was mised to the vacant throne. But she gained over Altunia, who married her, and, aided by her husband, she advanced to Dehli, but after 4wo bloody battles they were both taken prisoners, and both were put to death. IIer reign lasted 31 years.—Elliot's Historians ; Elphin. p. 324.
REA, a former subdivision of the rupee at Bom bay; 100 rea = 1 quarter, and 4 quarters = 1 rupee. READY1IONEY. Sir Cowasjee Jahangir Ready money, C.S.I. a highly liberal merchant of Bom bay, whose gifts in charity during his life amenities! to about £200,000. Ile died 19th July 1678.