Friday, October 18, 2013

One of The National Geographic Society’s Publications Has a Glaring Typo

The cover page of the special National Geographic publication on world's greatest empires
The page with the typo 'Nur Jahar' in place of 'Nur Jahan'

The National Geographic Society, based in Washington, D.C., USA, is a world-renowned scientific and educational organization interested in “geography, archaeology and natural science, and the promotion of environmental and historical conservation.” It is also a publisher of a number of publications, including magazines like National Geographic, books and other occasional publications that are read all over the world. It has made a name for accuracy, attractive illustrations and colorful photography in all its publications. 

Recently it has published a 130-page publication, the world’s empires: A History of Power. It briefly deals with different empires of the ancient, middle age and modern world. As usual, it draws one’s attention immediately.

As I was glancing through its pages, under the topic “Conquerors of India,” I came across a serious typo and proofreading mistake in the subhead on page 115. In place of ‘Nur Jahan,’ it is printed ‘Nur Jahar.’ Nur Jahan ("the light of the world") was one of the wives of Mughal emperor Jahangir.

This printing error is not only unexpected, but also unusual for The National Geographic Society. For this very reason, this publication may turn into a collector’s item!

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