Inscribing South Asian Muslim Women

An Annotated Bibliogaphy & Research Guide


In this volume comprehensive coverage of South Asian Muslim women’s lives and their experiences, historically and contemporaneously, fills a serious gap in the existing scholarship regarding variegated patterns of Muslim communities. The careful selection of key sources with annotations makes these women visible by ending their exclusion from historical studies and the contemporary feminist canon. Also, the translated excerpts from Farsi, Urdu and Bengali languages provide a much-needed English-language source base on South Asian Muslim women. What makes this work unique, compared to similar works, is the extent to which it presents sources that were never put together. The work, thus, is no longer just a bibliography; it moves far beyond what a bibliography is ordinarily conceived to be.

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Biographical Note

Tahera Aftab, Ph.D. (1986) in History, University of Karachi, is Professor of History and Director of Women's Studies (rtd.) at the University of Karachi, Pakistan. She is the editor and publisher of Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies: Alam-e-Niswan.

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"Part of the longstanding tradition of solid reference works to come out of Brill's Handbook of Oriental Studies series, Inscribing South Asian Muslim Women tackles the field head-on, striving for comprehensiveness in time (coverage ranges from the thirteenth century onward, with the majority of titles falling in the twentieth century) and in format (citations include journal artricles and monographs as well as individual chapters and unpublished manuscripts)." Mary Rader in Feminist Collections, 29.3-4 (2008), p. 43


All those interested in women's lives and their experiences, Islam in South Asia and Muslim women. It is extremely valuable for researchers, scholars, and students. An extremely useful addition for all acedemic libraries and research institutes.

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