This book examines the changing role of Muslim women in Bengal in the early twentieth century. Lack of education and backwardness in social ideas were responsible for women’s inferior position in society. It focuses Begum Rokea Sakhawat Hossain who appeared on the stage, raising her voice of protest against social rigidity, injustice and the ignorance of the Bengali Muslim women. Thus, as a Bengali writer, as a born fighter, as an exponent of womens’ emancipation Begum Rokea towered head and shoulders over her co-religionists.
Dr. Sharmila Mitra is an Associate Professor of History and has been teaching since 1986 at Behala College Kolkata. She has completed her Graduation, Post-graduation and M.Phil. from University of Calcutta and Ph.D from Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka. Her major area of thrust is Gender Studies with specific focus on life and works of Bengali Muslim Women Writers (1900-1950). She has also published articles on Women and Violence, Women and Media, Gender Bias in Indian Society to name a few. She is also an ardent social worker devoting time to the orphans, under-privileged children.