Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

Islamic Studies Lecture Series

Fri, November 9, 2007 | Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118

3:00 PM

The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in north India are commonly understood as an age of Islamic reform. This reform varied in many ways – as exemplified by the differences between the Aligarh and Deoband movements – but reformers shared, generally speaking, conservative attitudes about the role of Muslim women. In this paper, I consider representations of women and gender relations in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Punjabi popular literature. My analysis considers the historiographical implications of popular representations of gender that run counter to reformist agendas. At the same time, I consider the methodological implications of using popular literature as historical source material for this period of Indian history.

Sponsored by: Sponsored by the Program in Islamic Studies, with support from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the South Asia Institute, and the Program in Religious Studies

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