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Exploring the theme of home based work in conservative rural societies this book focuses on Muslim women in the troubled Faizabad-Ayodhya region of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Women's attempts to grapple with the cultural and religious strictures placed on them are examined against a backdrop of material need, developmental failures and the communalization of identities. In doing so the author attempts to uncover the logic behind female collaboration and compromise with the ideology and institutions of male domination. Fusing academic analysis with lucid reportage the volume is an important contribution to the field of gender studies pertaining to women in South Asia.
Sayantani Jafa is a civil servant with the Government of India and has worked in numerous capacities including a stint with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. She is also a freelance writer and critic and has contributed to leading newspapers, periodicals and academic journals on gender and developmental issues. An alumnus of Presidency College, Calcutta and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, this is her first book.