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In the nineteenth century, the British were occupied with the question of becoming socially acceptable, as they had already established political and military sway in India. It was in this context that the servants of the East India Company, merchants, adventurers and missionaries who arrived in India from Europe attempted to enter the zennana, in much the same manner as the ruling Indian elites. These foreigners adopted the ways of the ruling class, and thus demonstrated a preference for the Muslim section of Indian society. This book is an attempt to understand the social and economic profile of Muslim women in India and to shed light on the conditions of Indian Muslim women in the United Province particularly after 1857. This period is significant for Muslim society as it was undergoing social and economic transition especially with the Mughal dynasty reaching its end.
Besides, the book critically discusses the influence of how the new colonial judicial system weakened traditional customs and questions whether this legal system was beneficial to Muslim women or whether it enhanced its complexities.
1. Social Stratification of Indian Muslim Women in United Provinces
2. Socio-Religious Movement and Muslim Womens Issue
3. British Perception towards Muslim Women: Question of Fecundity and Health
4. Crises in the Social and Economic Identity of Indian Muslim Women: The Great Uprising of 1857
5. Changing Profile of Indian Muslim Women through Education.
6. Patriarchy and the Social Obligation of Indian Muslim Women
7. Cultural Clash: from Tawaif to Kasbi
8. Law, Land and Women
9. Muslim Womens Response to new Judicial System
About the Author: Firdous Azmat Siddiqui
Firdous Azmat Siddiqui, teaches at Sarojini Naidu Centre for Womens Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia