Purdah to Piccadilly: A Muslim Woman’s Struggle for Identity


Author: Zarina Bhatty

9789352806652 | PB | pp. 220 | 2018 | SAGE Select

This is a memoir of a muslim women who has experienced both pre- and post-partition India.

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Tracing the life of Zarina Bhatty, a Muslim woman born and brought up in pre-Partition India, this memoir narrates the experiences of a woman who strove to break out of the stereotypical roles imposed by the society of her times. It chronicles her life over 80 years, portraying the political and social conditions of undivided and post-Independence India. Zarina’s story is a story of grit, perseverance and determination to battle against all odds – a story that was waiting to be told.

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About the Author

Humanist by faith, sociologist by profession, feminist by conviction, the author was brought up in seclusion in a traditional Muslim family in Lucknow in pre-Partition India. She is the former President of Indian Association for Women’s Studies (IAWS) and of Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), New Delhi. She has researched, published, and lectured extensively in India and abroad on Indian Muslim Women’s issues and on women in the unorganized sector. Her pioneering study on women in the bidi industry, undertaken and published by the International Labour Organization (ILO), received considerable recognition.


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