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Indian J Gend Stud. 1999 Jul-Dec;6(2):311-25.

A daughter of Awadh.



This article narrates the life of Zarina Bhatty as a woman of her time and of the future. She came from a traditional Muslim family in New Delhi, India, rooted in orthodoxy and bound by the rules framed centuries ago that made a woman a possession of her husband. Unheard and unseen behind the walls of the purdah, she was allowed little or no access to modern education, which made her silent and servile. However, because she viewed education as the door of opportunity that would unshackle her from the fetters of orthodoxy, she obtained her own personal freedom, which she imposed upon her three daughters. In Zarina's story, she disclosed some Muslim practices that hinder the development of Muslim women. Most important of these hindrances is the lack of or limited education offered to women. Also, job opportunities favored men more than women, despite the educational attainment of women.

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