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Sultana's Dream

And Selections from the Secluded Ones


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Sultana's Dream by Rokheya Shekhawat Hossein
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"Sultana's Dream" was first published in 1905 in a Madras English newspaper, is a witty feminist utopia -- a tale of reverse purdah that posits a world in which men are confined indoors and women have taken over the public sphere, ending a war non-violently and restoring health and beauty to the world. "The Secluded Ones" is a selection of short sketches, first published in Bengali newspapers, illuminating the cruel and comic realities of life in purdah. For course use in: history, Indian literature, South Asian studies, utopian fiction.

Author Biography

Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932) was a Bengali Muslim writer and feminist activist who founded the first Muslim girls' school in Calcutta in 1911.
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January 1st, 1988
Country of Publication
United States
Feminist Press at The City University of New York
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