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Book Title: Sultana's Dream|
The author of the book: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
Edition: Tara Books
Date of issue: 2005
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How come this is not as famous as it should be? A 1905 science fiction short story written by a Bangladeshi Muslim feminist at the time when most women had no access to education! And it was written in English not the writer's mother tongue!
Despite being an extremely short story, it still succeeds in making a strong point. Injustice is terrible and religion, in this case Islam, is no excuse! Women have the right to walk the streets with no fears. They have the right for the best education opportunities because they are as much capable of invinting as men are. They can rule countries and defend themselves and their lands. They can even drive flying cars!
Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain you deserve to be well-known. I will translate your story into Arabic!
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Read information about the authorBegum Roquia Sakhawat Hussain, popularly known as Begum Rokeya, was born in 1880 in the village of Pairabondh, Mithapukur, Rangpur, in what was then the British Indian Empire and is now Bangladesh.
Begum Rokeya was an inspiring figure who contributed much to the struggle to liberate women from the bondage of social malaises. Her life can be seen in the context of other social reformers within what was then India. To raise popular consciousness, especially among women, she wrote a number of articles, stories and novels, mostly in Bengali.
Rokeya used humor, irony, and satire to focus attention on the injustices faced by Bengali-speaking Muslim women. She criticized oppressive social customs forced upon women that were based upon a corrupted version of Islam, asserting that women fulfilling their potential as human beings could best display the glory of Lord. She wrote courageously against restrictions on women in order to promote their emancipation, which, she believed, would come about by breaking the gender division of labor. She rejected discrimination for women in the public arena and believed that discrimination would cease only when women were able to undertake whatever profession they chose. In 1926, Begum strongly condemned men for withholding education from women in name of religion as she addressed the bengal women's education conference:
"The opponents of the female education say that women will be unruly...fie !they call themselves muslims and yet go against the basic tenet of islam which gives equal right to education. If men are not led astray once educated, why should women?"
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