The World of Muslim Women in Colonial Bengal, 1876-1939

The World of Muslim Women in Colonial Bengal, 1876-1939

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This highly interesting book studies the cultural context of modernisation of middle-class Muslim women in late 19th and 20th century Bengal. Its frames of reference are the Bengal 'Awakening', the Reform Movements - Brahmo/Hindu and Muslim - and the Women's Question as articulated in material and ideological terms throughout the period. Tracing the emergence of the modern Muslim gentlewomen, the bhadramahila, starting in 1876 when Nawab Faizunnesa Chaudhurani published her first book and ending with the foundation in 1939 of The Lady Brabourne College, the book gives an excellent analysis of the rise of a Muslim woman's public sphere and broadens our knowledge of Bengali social history in the colonial period.women have a share in parental or familial property along with men, be that large or small. But there was no consensus as to how far were these rights translated into reality. Rokeya who believed these rights were eroded wrote in her essay aquot; Grihaaquot;: According to aquot;Mohammadan lawaquot; we ... The highly popular social novels of the time e.g., Abdulldh, Anowdrd, Zobedd, Gariber Meye (not to mention the Urduanbsp;...

Title:The World of Muslim Women in Colonial Bengal, 1876-1939
Author:S N Amin
Publisher:BRILL - 1996


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