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India: 50 Years of Independence: 1947-97 (Volume 19)

S H M Rizvi (Author) Shibani Roy (Author)
Synopsis INDIA-before the advent of Muslims and coming of British Colonials-had an outlook on sexuality different from what Islam preached and Christianity practised. The book first of its kind in Indian anthropology aims to clear the cloud of mystique enveloping the minds of the Indian youth on the subject of sexuality. It is intended for those who desire to understand themselves. The basic biological differences between male and female have been elaborated scientifically and systematically. The morpho-physiological differences have been highlighted since these are intrinsic in comprehension of sexuality. The journey from oestrus to menstruation has been viewed as an evolutionary strategy of nature. Sexual behaviour of human beings has been typified. The mystique of sex and religion has been unravelled by elaborating upon the basic religious' concepts regarding creation and procreation. The inherent meaning behind phallic worship and the concept of urdvaretas has been explained. Siva, Vamdeva, Kamdeva have been brought out from the clouds of mystery and presented before the readers. The duality and contrast existing in our culture is also explained. The case studies from the tribal world have been depicted to elicit the variety and diversity of human sexuality.
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About the authors

S H M Rizvi

Dr. Syed Hasan Mujtaba Rizvi (Ph. D., University of Delhi) is a research anthropologist and has carried out empirical studies in the field of bio-cultural anthropology among the tribes, and Muslims of northern, western, north-western and north-eastern India. He, along with Dr. Shibani Roy, has written eleven books based upon original research. One of the Professor Emeritus (Anthropology) while reviewing his books stated that ".this indicates his understanding of the subject of anthropology in totality and in modern anthropological world, works of such nature are always encouraged."

Shibani Roy

Shibani Roy was born and brought up at Delhi. Her schooling had been at the Lady Irwin School and Post-School studies from Miranda House. She received her B.Sc. (Hons.) Degree in Anthropology in 1967 and Master Degree from the same Discipline specializing in SocialAnthropology. After a year of research work in the field of "Consanguinity among Muslims of North India", she joined department of Anthropology as a Ph.D. student in 1970 and was awarded the Ph.D. Degree in 1976. She was a part-time lecturer in Lady Irwin college, New Delhi, teaching post graduate classes during 1972-73. She was the recipient of senior research fellowship of C.S.I.R. for her project entitled "Changes in value Orientation of contemporary Muslims" carried out amongst the Bohras of Bombay. Her articles in Hindustan Times and Youth Times equally provoked the social scientists and laymen and made them have a new perspective towards this minority community. From 1976 to 1978 she had been actively engaged in a project on female fertility financed by World Health Organization. The entire work had been centred around Rajput Women of Rajasthan. At present she is holding the post of Assistant Anthropologist (Cultural) with the Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India. She has participated in national and international seminars and has a few publication to her credit in the field of Muslim women. Dr. Shibani roy has further stepped into the secluded privacy of the Muslims by marrying a Muslim fellow anthropologist and has a daughter.

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Bibliographic information

Title India: 50 Years of Independence: 1947-97 (Volume 19)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176460079
length ix+277p., Index; 23cm.