Sultana's Dream and Selections from The Secluded Ones

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 1988 - Fiction - 89 pages
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Sultana's Dream, first published in 1905 in a Madras English newspaper, is a witty feminist utopia—a tale of reverse purdah that posits a world in which men are confined indoors and women have taken over the public sphere, ending a war nonviolently and restoring health and beauty to the world.

"The Secluded Ones" is a selection of short sketches, first published in Bengali newspapers, illuminating the cruel and comic realities of life in purdah.

Suggested for course use in:
History
Indian Literature
South Asian Studies
Utopian Fiction
Women's Studies

Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880 - 1932) was a Bengali Muslim writer and feminist activist who founded the first Muslim girls' school in Calcutta in 1911.
 

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User Review  - Calavari - LibraryThing

Sultana's Dream is actually a short story and not a whole book, which I didn't realize until it came to an abrupt end. It's about a woman's dream of an utopian society of women who took over the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Citizenjoyce - LibraryThing

This book, and the fact that it's title story was written over 100 years ago, put a lie to the "You've come a long way baby - the fight is over you won" rhetoric. Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain spent her ... Read full review

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Contents

Purdah Reversed
1
Sultanas Dream
7
Purdah Observed
19
Selections from The Secluded Ones
24
An Introduction to Her Life
37
Caging the Lion A Fable for Our Time
58
Glossary
87
Publications of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
89
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Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932) was a Bengali Muslim writer and feminist activist who founded the first Muslim girls' school in Calcutta in 1911.

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