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Author: Asiya Alam

motivated, he writes, by concerns for his life but his children who he felt needed a maternal figure in their lives. He married his niece (his paternal aunt’s granddaughter), who was well acquainted with his children. 73 He had one son and one daughter from this marriage. From Bashīr-ud-dīn’s writing, it

In: Women, Islam and Familial Intimacy in Colonial South Asia
Author: Asiya Alam

possible to fulfill all the “rights of parents and siblings” while living separately. 232 She mentioned that the purpose of marriage was to ensure that men and women leave the tutelage of their parents to begin their own life. It was a huge mistake to force marriage on them when the man could not earn to

In: Women, Islam and Familial Intimacy in Colonial South Asia

will go to Huan and Lan, adjusted for their different ages and statuses as sons of a concubine and a main wife. My own property will go to Uncle and Aunt in the older generation and to Zhi [Baoyu’s son by Baochai] in the younger generation. This is your niece’s way of leading her life, living by Uncle

In: Woman Rules Within
Author: Kwok-kan Tam

is known to a person and affects the person’s choices in life. In this sense, Fate can also be considered as self-prediction and self-actualization. Similar to the cases of Oedipus and Macbeth, the oracle prediction or the witches’ prophecies serve only to motivate them into a chain of actions that

In: Fate and Prognostication in the Chinese Literary Imagination
Author: Himani Bannerji

now by the crisis faced by Turkey under the extreme right-wing government of Erdoǧan. SM : As a creative writer your volumes of poetry and short stories speak much about Himani, the diasporic Indian, sharing the same predicament as other writers living a hyphenated existence. Please tell us

In: The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender
Author: Himani Bannerji

organisations of our world as pivotal – they are unequal social relations and institutions of power and exploitation of labour regarding survival and the enjoyment of life’s amenities. These relations simultaneously extend to a sense of social entitlement or the lack of it, and influence our participation in

In: The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender
Author: Himani Bannerji

matters of politics, life and art. The concerted attempt at a pervasive change of consciousness in fashioning basic social/cultural norms and forms was of the essence. This cultural normative production involved not only intellectuals, writers, politicians and priests, but also and mainly ordinary people

In: The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender
Author: Yan Xu-Lackner

this heritage that provokes an internal, “mental” conflict for many Chinese people. The “cultural field” (wenhua chang 文化場) built on literary allusions makes those living inside this “cultural field” inclined to “believe” or “trust,” although a modern, educated individual is supposed to “believe” in

In: Fate and Prognostication in the Chinese Literary Imagination
Author: Himani Bannerji

, we don’t actually mean an abstract , a general or an essential entity. What we mean or refer to is a woman whose life conditions are most in keeping with the prevailing social, legal and cultural structures, institutions and beliefs. That is, it is a woman whose life lies squarely in the middle

In: The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender
Author: Himani Bannerji

concepts. Here, I assume ‘the social’ to mean a complex socio-economic and cultural formation, brought to life through myriad finite and specific social and historical relations, organisations, and institutions. It involves living and conscious human agents and what Marx called their ‘sensuous, practical

In: The Ideological Condition: Selected Essays on History, Race and Gender