Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain: A Biographical Essay

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Soon after the death of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar (1820-1891), the father of modern Bengali language and a pioneering figure of the Bengal Renaissance, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), Asia's first Nobel Laureate reverentially wrote about him: 'One wonders how God, in the process of producing forty million bengalis, produced a man!' ('Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar' 2012). Perhaps one should begin with a similar tribute to Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932) and say, with a slight modification of Tagore's words, 'One wonders how God, in the process of producing millions of Bengalis, produced a woman!'
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA Feminist Foremother
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Essays on Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
EditorsMohammad A. Quayum , Md Mahmudul Hasan
Place of PublicationHyderabad, India
PublisherOrient BlackSwan
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9789386296009
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • India - Bengal
  • Authors - Bengali
  • Feminists
  • Feminism
  • Women social reformers
  • Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain


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