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Muslim Women in India

1 February 1999

Opportunities for Muslim women in India to raise their concerns over access to education rights and work opportunities or to raise issues within Muslim personal law – including marriage, divorce and personal freedoms – are often severely restricted.

This report discusses the historical and contemporary position of Muslim women in India and within their communities and their involvement in the wider women’s movements. The author further discusses the effects of the rise of the Hindu right wing on Muslim women’s rights and freedoms.

Please note that the terminology in the fields of minority rights and indigenous peoples’ rights has changed over time. MRG strives to reflect these changes as well as respect the right to self-identification on the part of minorities and indigenous peoples. At the same time, after over 50 years’ work, we know that our archive is of considerable interest to activists and researchers. Therefore, we make available as much of our back catalogue as possible, while being aware that the language used may not reflect current thinking on these issues.

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Seema Kazi