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The Dreams of a Mappila Girl
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The Dreams of a Mappila Girl
A Memoir



June 2022 | 232 pages | YODA Press SAGE Select
‘I grew up at a time when Muslim girls did not even have the freedom to dream.’

As a young Muslim girl growing up in the 1950s in a small South Indian village, B. M. Zuhara had simple dreams—to go to the newly opened ‘talkies’ in town and watch a movie, play with her brothers in the rice fields, learn the ancient martial art of Kalari Payatu with them, stand on the bridge and listen to the songs sung by the farmhands as they worked. But she soon realised that even being the pampered, youngest child of her family would not help her in realising some of her dreams because of her gender.

Set at the time when Independent India was embracing its new identity as a free nation, Dreams of a Mappila Girl provides a wide lens for the reader to view life in a semi-rural Kerala village. Zuhara recounts the social mores of the society she lived in and offers glimpses into the secluded lives of Muslim girls and women who, despite obstacles, made the best of their circumstances and contributed positively to their communities.
 
List of Kinship Terms
 
Preface
 
Chapter 1
 
Chapter 2
 
Chapter 3
 
Chapter 4
 
Chapter 5
 
Chapter 6
 
Chapter 7
 
Chapter 8
 
Chapter 9
 
Chapter 10
 
Chapter 11
 
Chapter 12
 
Chapter 13
 
Chapter 14
 
Chapter 15
 
Chapter 16
 
Chapter 17
 
Chapter 18
 
Chapter 19
 
Chapter 20
 
Chapter 21
 
Chapter 22
 
Chapter 23
 
Chapter 24
 
Chapter 25
 
Chapter 26
 
Chapter 27
 
Glossary

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ISBN: 9789354792809
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