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  • Forging Sharif Subjects

    Shenila Khoja-Moolji

    Chapter from the book: Khoja-Moolji, S. 2018. Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia.


    This chapter examines a wide range of texts from the turn of the twentieth century, including women’s writings in Urdu periodicals and didactic novels. It agues that women’s education emerged as a social space in and through which both male and female social reformers sought to re-define the terms of respectability (sharafat) by de-linking it from ethnicity and attaching it to women’s performances. Women’s education emerged as a critical social practice through which respectability could be achieved. The educated woman, thus, appears as the vanguard and symbolic representative of emerging middle-class identities.

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    Khoja-Moolji, S. 2018. Forging Sharif Subjects. In: Khoja-Moolji, S, Forging the Ideal Educated Girl. California: University of California Press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1525/luminos.52.b

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    Published on June 1, 2018


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