Commemorating Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain and Contextualising her Work in South Asian Muslim Feminism

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  • Md. Mahmudul Hasan, International Islamic University Malaysia

Abstract

Colonial Muslim South Asia had two leading cultural centres: Bengal and North India. As part of the far-reaching reformist movement during the colonial period and beyond, intellectual work from these two places included a powerful segment of feminist writing which has remained the harbinger of the women’s rights movement among Muslims of this region. It is important to give research attention to South Asian Muslim writers, many of whom have been marginalised mainly because of the dominance of, and sometimes overriding and disproportionate focus on, their Hindu counterparts. Against this background, this article discusses the life, incredible commitment, sacrifice and feminist accomplishments of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932). It will also contextualise her ideas in the broader South Asian Muslim feminist tradition.

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Author Biography

Md. Mahmudul Hasan, International Islamic University Malaysia

Md. Mahmudul Hasan is Assistant Professor of English at International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). He did a PhD in feminist comparative literature (University of Portsmouth, 2007) and taught at Dhaka University before joining IIUM. He was Postdoctoral Fellow at Heidelberg University (2009-2010). His research interests span South Asian literature, gender studies, twentieth-century and contemporary British literature, and Islam and literature. He has published in South Asia Research, Journal of Postcolonial Writing and American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences.  

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Published

2013-12-15

How to Cite

Hasan, International Islamic University Malaysia, M. M. (2013). Commemorating Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain and Contextualising her Work in South Asian Muslim Feminism. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 7(2), 39–59. Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/ajell/article/view/317

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Articles on Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain