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Arts: Remembrances and Narrations: South Asia
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For South Asian Muslim women, narrating the past involves remembering key moments when colonial and postcolonial modernizing trajectories collided with the demands of “community.” Because of those demands, such remembering paradoxically enlists the help of forgetting, and such narrating, likewise, is often to be retrieved from silences. Inherited strictures of izzat (honor) and sharam (shame) combine with the pressures of citizenship – the latter especially acute in the case of South Asia, where new nation-states have been carved out of existing r…

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Jahanara Kabir, Ananya, “Arts: Remembrances and Narrations: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0295e>
First published online: 2009

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