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Beyond Purdah? Women in Bengal 1890-1930

Dagmar Engels
Oxford University Press
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From Google Books: “The author argues that `Purdah' in early twentieth century Bengal meant far more than secluding women behind veils and walls; it entailed an all-encompassing ideology and code of conduct based on female modesty. Women's political activities, their class-specific existence as daughters, wives, mothers and widows as well as their education and employment are examined in this framework."