Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain and the Debate over Gender Relations among Muslim Intellectuals in Late Colonial Bengal

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  • Mahua Sarkar, Binghamton University, USA

Abstract

Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain was undoubtedly a remarkable intellectual and social reformer of her time, and in recent decades, her work has rightfully found its place among writings by “exceptional,†“early feminist†women from colonial India. This paper is an attempt to situate Rokeya’s contribution as a writer and reformer within the  larger context of debates over the “woman question†as it unfolded in discussions of  Muslim intellectuals in late colonial Bengal. It proceeds from the premise that without  such contextualisation, Rokeya and her work is too often cast as “out of†or “ahead ofâ€Â  her time, when in fact Muslim intellectuals – a number of women among them – were  engaged in vibrant debates over a range of social and political issues in the first half of  the twentieth century that has been marginalised within normative histories of that  time. 

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Author Biography

Mahua Sarkar, Binghamton University, USA

Mahua Sarkar is Associate Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, SUNY, and currently Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Her areas of research interest include Historical Sociology, Gender/Feminist Theory, Postcolonial Theory, Problem of Methods, Transnational Migration and Labour History. Her publications include Visible Histories, Disappearing Women: Producing Muslim Womanhood in Late Colonial Bengal (Duke University Press, 2008); “Between  Craft and Method: Meaning and Inter-subjectivity in Oral History Analysis†in Journal of  Historical Sociology (2012); “Difference in Memory†in Comparative Studies in Society and  History (2006); and “Looking for Feminism†in Gender & History (2004).

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Published

2013-06-15

How to Cite

Sarkar, Binghamton University, USA, M. (2013). Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain and the Debate over Gender Relations among Muslim Intellectuals in Late Colonial Bengal. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 7(2), 7–21. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/315

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