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The Status of Muslim Women in Medieval India

The Status of Muslim Women in Medieval India

First Edition
  • Sudha Sharma - Board of Directors, Indraprastha Gas Limited, New Delhi
Critical Acclaim

March 2016 | 284 pages | SAGE India

This book examines the economic, cultural, political and social positions of Muslim women in medieval India. It explores the changes that took place with the advent of Arabs, Turks, Mongols, Tartars, Afghans and Persians whose customs and traditions influenced the existing Islamic society.

Though Islam improved the position of women by instituting many reforms, the Islamic religious texts laid down the minutest code of conduct for women, the slightest deviation from which was considered irreligious. Such rigidity, coupled with the apathy of the ulemas, led to the weakening of position of women.

The book goes on to show how the diktats of the Quran were subjected to many interpretations down the ages, affecting the status of women in various ways.

Islamic Heritage: A Background
The Social Profile
Economic Milieu
The Harem and Purdah
Political Platform
Cultural Context
Author Index
Subject Index

Sudha Sharma’s straightforward narration without any claims to profundity seeks to fill that gap. She does not stop to stare and take in a full view of things, preferring instead to string together the narrative with seemingly unrelated characters and actions. The destination she takes the readers to may not be so fulfilling, but the journey provides nice glimpses of the world of Muslim women in medieval India.

Frontline, 8 July 2016

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ISBN: 9789351505662