Nawab Faizunnesa (1834-1903) challenged established notions regarding women’s position in a Muslim society in colonial Bengal. Her
RupJalal was the first literary text written by a Bengali Muslim woman. The translated text is placed in the historical context of colonialism and the nationalist movement of colonial Bengal. An analysis of the text is also included in order to invite readers to explore the woman question in context of Islam and/in imperial society. With the translated text, along with a critical overview and textual analysis, this book traces in Faizunnesa’s life and works the emergence of a self-conscious female voice by addressing the issues of social, political, and economic marginality of women in an Islamic, nationalist, and imperialist culture of colonial Bengal.
Fayeza Hasanat, Ph. D. (2005) in English, University of Florida, is a lecturer at the University of Central Florida. She has published academic articles and short fictions in refereed journals.
'Hasanat is to be complimented for her work of introducing Faizunnesa's work to a global readership and for her beautiful, reader-friendly translation.' Md. Mahmudul Hasan in
The Muslim World Book Review, 30:2
This book can claim its position in the interdisciplinary academia as it invites colonial and post-colonial critics, feminists, historians, translation theorists, and literary scholars to investigate the history of Muslim women