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Title: Continuity and Change in Women's Role in Indo-Muslim Society Seen Through a Few Female Members of the Tyabji Family
Authors: Bredi, Daniela
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Padova, Editoriale Programma
Abstract: In the Muslim world, perhaps even more than elsewhere, women are assumed as identity symbols and cultural borders. In South Asia, where Islam is the reference culture for the peoples of Pakistan and Bangladesh and a big minority of the people of India, Muslim women have become the guardians of a cultural tradition often in defence from, as well as in opposition to an "other" identified not only with the West, but also with an equally "indigenous" culture, i.e. Hinduism. In order to clarify this assumption it seems necessary to consider the process which resulted in this construction of the Muslim woman in South Asia and relate it to the socio-economic background of modernisation. Examples taken from a study of the extended Tyabji family will throw some light on this process, standing this family at the crossroad between several important issues
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