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Status of Muslim Women in Medieval India (Hardcover) (Sudha Sharma)
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This book examines the economic, cultural, political and social positions of Muslim women in medieval India. It explores the changes that took place with the advent of Arabs, Turks, Mongols, Tartars, Afghans and Persians whose customs and traditions influenced the existing Islamic society.
Though Islam improved the position of women by instituting many reforms, the Islamic religious texts laid down the minutest code of conduct for women, the slightest deviation from which was considered irreligious. Such rigidity, coupled with the apathy of the ulemas, led to the weakening of position of women.
The book goes on to show how the diktats of the Quran were subjected to many interpretations down the ages, affecting the status of women in various ways.