Sultana's Dream

And Selections from the Secluded Ones

By Rokeya Sakawat Hossein; Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain; Rokeya
Feminist Press, Paperback, 9780935312836, 104pp.

Publication Date: June 1988

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Sultana's Dream, 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 nonviolently 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.
Suggested for course use in:
Indian Literature
South Asian Studies
Utopian Fiction
Women's Studies
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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