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Women’s Changing Position in Bangladesh : Tribute to Begum Rokeya [Contributions to Bangladesh Studies]
We both admire Begum Rokeya as a person and for her pioneering role in the emancipation of women, especially Muslim women. We first read her Sultana’s Dream and loved it as one of the best written books on woman’s position in the human family. The second book Aborodhbasini (Secluded Women) consisted of hauntingly truthful stories of women in purdah and how they have been secluded from the mainstream of life by men for ages in all societies – the worst being in Rokeya’s homeland Bengal especially by the Muslims. Padmarag was her novel that we read and admired her courage for portraying the awakening and uprising of some Bengali women belonging to all religions by establishing an institution where they could live a good life. For over fifty years together we have acquired and read most of the works on her life and work. In November 2010 in consultation with Dr. Najma Chowdhury, Maleka Begum, and Dr. Rabia Bhuiyan of the Department of Women and Gender Studies (DWGS), University of Dhaka, and Professor Sirajul Islam, President of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh we decided to write a book on Begum Rokeya’s life and work within the larger framework of international movement for women’s rights and emancipation. We focused our attention on works available in English even though we have consulted a number of books in Bengali, Urdu, and other languages. The present book is the first result of our work so far that we believe is worth publishing in spite of its limitations of not covering a number of other important works and projects both nationally and internationally. It is important to add here that Bangladesh is an exemplary nation-state for the study of the changing position of women in all societies. The range of themes covered here by national and international scholars over the years should serve as a good starting point for more rewarding studies, research and publications.
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