Women in Concert: An Anthology of Bengali Muslim Women’s Writings, 1904-1938
Edited by Shaheen Akhtar, Moushumi Bhowmik
Foreword by Firdous Azim
8185604576 | HB | pp. 444 | 2008 | Bhatkal and Sen
Women in Concert presents the work and life of Bengali Muslim Women writers in pre-partition India.
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ranslated into English from the original Bengali anthology, Zenana Mehfil (Stree, 1998), this collection of early writings of Bengali Muslim women helps make visible women writers of Bengal, between East Pakistan and West Bengal, India, 1947.Why was so little known about these writers? Do dominating interest ‘marginalize, sometimes even obliterate other histories’?
Divided into two parts, Part I, Women’s Writings, offers the contributions of eleven women, one known widely because of her brilliance as a writer and her pioneering role as a courageous social reformer. Part II, Conversations, presents discussions with Sufia Kamal, family members and relatives of the writers and eminent people who shared the political and literary concerns of those times.
The anthology includes Begum Rokeya Skhawat Hossain and her contemporaries like Khairunnsea Khatun, Mrs M. Rahman, M. Fatema, Khanam and Nurunsesa, the first woman student of the M.A class in the University of Dhaka, Mahmuda Khatun Siddiqua, and Razia Khatun Chowdhurani.
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About the Contributors
Shaheen Akhtar is a well-known Bangladeshi writer whose novel Talaash won the Prothom Alo award fro best book in 2004. She edited Sati O Swatantara: Bangla Sahitye Nari, an anthology of writing o Bengali Women, from early to modern times, 3-volumes (2007).
Moushimi Bhowmik is a writer and singer based in Kolkata who researches on folk music. As editor, she initiated the Bengali list for Stree. She also writes and translates books for children.
Firdous Azim is an academic and activist who is professor and chairperson, Department of English and Humanities, BRAC University, Dhaka.
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