Memory, Women, and Community: South Asia: The Indian Partition of 1947
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The Partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947 can undoubtedly be regarded as one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of the twentieth century. Based on the Muslim League's “two-nation-theory,” the regions of Punjab and Bengal, where the population was predominantly Muslim, were divided. As a consequence, Sikhs and Hindus left the regions which make up the country of Pakistan today, and millions of Muslims left for the territories which later became a part of Pakistan. All in all, twelve…

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Preckel, Claudia, “Memory, Women, and Community: South Asia: The Indian Partition of 1947”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 January 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00354>
First published online: 2009



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