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This front matter section of the book Inscribing South Asian Muslim Women contains the table of contents, a list of abbreviations, transliterations, acknowledgments and the introduction. The Muslim community finds itself at the centre-stage of the world today. Muslim women and gender issues in Muslim societies have once again, after hundreds of years of colonial-Christian-missionary driven inquisitiveness, emerged as the focal point for the actions of western warlords and in the discourses of global power brokers. Myths and facts often mix and appear interchangeably to such an extent that at the end what one is left with is hardly credible. The Muslims of South Asia have had relatively less exposure, and hence little information is generated about them. That more Muslims live in South Asia than in Saudi Arabia, or in Egypt, is a reality that needs to be understood while attempting any generalizations about the homogeneity of Muslim societies.

Keywords: colonial-Christian-missionary; Egypt; Muslim community; Muslim women; South Asia



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