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The Status of Muslim Women in Medieval India

Sudha Sharma (Author)

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.

Contents: Preface. 1. Islamic Heritage: A Background. 2. The Social Profile. 3. Economic Milieu. 4. The Harem and Purdah. 5. Political Platform. 6. Cultural Context. Conclusion. Bibliography.

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About the author

Sudha Sharma

Dr. Sudha Sharma has a very brilliant and excellent academic career. She obtained her M.A. degree in Economics in 2000 with first division from Meerut College, Ch. Charan Singh University, Meerut. Presently, she is working as a lecturer in the Department of Commerce, Meerut College, Meerut.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Status of Muslim Women in Medieval India
Author Sudha Sharma
Format Hardcover
Date published: 19.02.2016
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789351505662
length 284p.,