This book offers a more contextualised and nuanced understanding of the complex ways in which identity is constructed in India, the manner in which gender and community intersect and cross-cut each other, and the ways in which these two elements interact with State policy.
Introduction Reading and Writing about Muslim Women in British India 2. Gender and the Politics of Space: The Movement for Women's Reform 1857–1900 3. Defining Women through Legislation Minority Identity, State Policy and Political Process 4. Identity Politics, Secularism and Women: A South Asian Perspective 5. The Constitution and Muslim Personal Law Between Community and State: The Question of Women's Rights and Personal Laws 6. Education, Money and the Role of Women in Maintaining Minority Identity 7. Preserving Identity: A Case Study of Palitpur Huma Ahmed-Ghosh Communal Property/Sexual Property: On Representations of Muslim Women in a Hindu Nationalist Discourse 8. Muslim Socials and the Female Protagonist: Seeing a Dominant Discourse at Work 9. Urdu, Awadh and the Tawaij: the Islamicate Roots of Hindi Cinema 10. Notes on Contributors