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Fatima Jinnah
Mother of the Nation

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  • Date Published: June 2017
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  • Although fifty years have passed since the death of Fatima Jinnah - author, activist and stateswoman known in Pakistan as the 'mother of the nation' - this is the first scholarly biography to tackle her life in full. Her background and contribution to Muslim nationalism under the British Raj, as well as her various efforts to consolidate the state, including a run for president in 1964, are told through previously untapped archival sources. Examining her life in the context of scholarship on South Asia and on women in Islam, Pirbhai assesses Fatima Jinnah's role through the theoretical lens of the colonial 'new woman'. This is essential reading for all those interested in modern South Asian and Islamic history, particularly the themes of gender and colonialism, the roots of Muslim nationalism and the early challenges facing the Pakistani state, as shown through the extraordinary lived experience of its most influential female activist.

    • A long overdue biography of a crucial figure in South Asian, Islamic and women's history
    • Gives a deep sense not just of the ruptures, but also the continuities in modern South Asian history
    • Articulates and applies a theoretical approach that employs biography in the writing of macro-history
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    'The question has always been whether Fatima Jinnah was merely the sister and nurse of a famous man, or whether she played any significant or important role. Pirbhai argues that she did through the mobilization of women and that she was, in fact, one of the 'new women' who have been denigrated by Western feminists. Recommended.' R. D. Long, Choice

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    • Date Published: June 2017
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108148887
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: separating Fatima from her brother
    1. A tale of three cities (1893–1929)
    2. Being Muslim, becoming Pakistani (1929–46)
    3. The hope and hardship of Partition (1946–8)
    4. Dear Mother (1948–58)
    5. Democracy or dictatorship (1958–67)
    Conclusion: life and legacy.

  • Author

    M. Reza Pirbhai, Georgetown University, Qatar
    M. Reza Pirbhai has been an Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar since 2013. His research is focused on Modern South Asia, and his writings on such topics as Islamic thought and institutions, Muslim and Hindu nationalism, British colonialism, and gender in regional focus have appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Islamic Law (2015), Blackwell Companion to Jesus (2010), the Journal of Asian History, Modern Intellectual History, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and Hawwa. He is also the author of the book titled Reconsidering Islam in a South Asian Context (2009).

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