The Essential Rokeya, Mohammad A. Quayum brings together, for the first time, some of the best work by one of South Asia’s earliest and most heroic feminist writers and activists, who was also a leading figure of the Bengal Renaissance in the nineteenth and early twentieth century – Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932). This collection includes Rokeya’s most popular story,
Sultana’s Dream, and some essays and letters written originally in English, as well as Quayum’s own translation of several of her fiction and non-fiction works written originally in Bengali. This will enable readers outside Bangladesh and West Bengal to appraise and appreciate Rokeya’s fundamental role in the feminist awakening in South Asia, especially among the Bengali Muslims of her time.
Mohammad A. Quayum, Ph.D. (Flinders University, 1991), is Professor of English at International Islamic University Malaysia. He has published monographs, translations and articles on literature, including
Rabindranath Tagore: Selected Short Stories (Macmillan, 2011) and
Saul Bellow and American Transcendentalism (Peter Lang, 2004).
“… not only a very good read but also an academically accomplished work that would provide a novice with a great introduction to or an academic with a reliable translation of Rokeya’s works.”
Paoi Hwang in
Asiatic 8.1 (2014), 237-239
All who are interested in South Asian women’s history, comparative Islamic history and comparative women’s studies, and anyone concerned with South Asian literature, culture, history and society, or with women’s writings.