Women, Gender, Autobiography, Reform
as of [21-05-2015 04:13:18]
Reader in International History
Department of History, University of Sheffield
Country of Institution
Most recently completed Degree and Institution
PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Discipline of most recently completed degree
Current Research Title
Women, Gender and Islam in South Asia with a focus on socio-religious reform, cultures of travel and autobiographical writing
Current Research Abstract
My current project focuses on autobiographical writing by Muslim women in South Asia. The aim is to trace changing notions of the self in the modern period by examining how women write their lives in a social and cultural context that idealises women’s anonymity. This research has led to journal articles in Modern Asian Studies, Journal of Women’s History and Journal of the History of Sexuality, as well as two major book projects: an edited volume with Anshu Malhotra entitled Speaking of the Self: Gender, Performance and Autobiography in South Asia (Duke University Press, 2015) and a forthcoming monograph tentatively entitled The Ultimate Unveiling: Gender, Autobiography and the Self in Muslim South Asia.
My early work focused on Muslim women’s participation in socio-religious reform movements in India in the early twentieth century. My first monograph, Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage (Routledge, 2007), emphasised the role of Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam of Bhopal, the female ruler of a Muslim principality in central India, in providing essential leadership and patronage to a burgeoning network of Indian women reformers. Emerging out of this work were two book projects that used travel writing by South Asian Muslim women to offer insights into imperial and global history: an edited edition of a nineteenth century hajj narrative entitled A Princess’s Pilgrimage: Sikandar Begam’s A Pilgrimage to Mecca (Indiana University Press, 2008) and a co-authored book with Sunil Sharma entitled Atiya’s Journeys: A Muslim Woman from Colonial Bombay to Edwardian Britain (Oxford University Press, 2010).