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The Problem of Identity: Women in Early Indian Inscriptions

Kirit K. Shah (Author)
Synopsis "The available historiography on women in early India is based on literary sources where men speak for women; The Problem of Identity draws on epigraphic accounts where women speak for themselves. In form and in content it is an empirical exercise involving collection and interpretation of data contained in 230 inscriptions belonging to three centuries before and after Christ. The author brings out, in the process, the dichotomy between textual provision and their disregard in actual practice. The chapters highlight the varied possibilities of identity open to women within religious, familial, professional, and royal contexts. The author successfully examines the ways in which Indian patriarchy has functioned in relation to women, and in the process draws attention to significant regional variations. Offering a powerful argument for revising the conventional historiography that perceives women as silent voices of history because they had little or nothing to do with the creation of its sources, this book contributes to a meaningful discussion on gender relations in early India. This book will appeal to students and scholars of ancient India, Sanskritists, gender specialists, and the general reader interested in questions of identity and women."
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About the author

Kirit K. Shah

An upcoming author but a seasoned scholar, Dr. Kirit K. Shah (born Nov. 24, 1945) had a brilliant educational career crowned by a First-class-First M.A., in History and another First-class-Third in Ancient Indian History, Culture, and Archaeology. After putting in more than a decade of teaching in Madhya Pradesh Educational Service (Collegiate Branch) and completing his Doctorate in 1978, he joined the Department of History, Punjab University, Chandigarh. Currently Reader and Head of the Post Graduate Department of History, S.N.D.T. Women's University, Bombay, he has about a dozen published research papers to his credit in provincial and national journals. A life-member of Indian History Convress and a member of the Madhya Pradesh Itihasa Parishad, the Punjab History Conference, and the Epigraphical Society of India, Dr. Shah holds a degree in Law as well as in Literature.

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Title The Problem of Identity: Women in Early Indian Inscriptions
Author Kirit K. Shah
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 019565322X
length xvi+194p., 23cm.