Skip navigation

Breaking stereotypes: two generations of Muslim women

Authors: Hussain, Sabiha
Keywords: Women's studies;Muslim women -- India -- Darbhanga;Muslim women -- India -- Darbhanga -- Social conditions;Muslim women;Muslim women -- Social conditions
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Centre for Women's Development Studies
Description: "The stereotyped image of Muslim women as educationally backward and their being non-responsive to social change etc. seems to be an exaggerated perception which has been the staple of mainstream academics and media projections. There is no doubt that more research is needed in this area, particularly in the present context of rapid socio-economic and political change, and the impact of this on women. We as social scientists need to develop new approaches and methodologies to study the problem of Muslim women in India who are a minority within a minority. The approach should not merely focus on the narrow textual aspects of religion, nor even on the narrowly economic but a holistic approach wherein the economic, social, religio-culural, historical and political strands are brought together. At the same time, micro studies are needed to see the impact of wider macro-processes and structures and the varying responses of the Muslim community, including its women to these changes The challenge for social scientists is to simultaneously see the commonality of the problems of Muslim women with the rest of Indian women as well as the specificity of their situation. This calls for a sensitive understanding of the historical and political context and location within which Indian Muslim women are placed."
Rights: NYU Libraries is providing access to these materials as a service to our scholarly community. We do not claim the copyright in these materials, nor can we give permission for their re-use. If you would like to request that we take down any of this material, please write to with the following information: Provide the URL of the material that is the basis of your inquiry; Identify the material you have rights to; Provide your contact information, including name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address; Provide a statement of your good-faith belief that the material you identified is infringing of the material you have rights to.
Appears in Collections:South Asian Born-Digital NGO Reports Collection Project

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
BreakingStereotypesSabiha.pdf246.85 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in FDA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.