Electoral Participation of Muslim Women in India: A Comparative Study
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- Author :Vasundhara Mohan
- Year of Publication :2018
- ISBN: :9789386682116
- Language: :English
- Binding: :Hard Bound
- No of Pages: XIII, 196
- Size: 23 cms
- Categories: Political Science, Public Administration, Women Studies
About the Book :
The aim of the research was to study the status of political participation of Muslim women in two culturally different settings in the States of Karnataka in the South and Uttar Pradesh in the North and understand the views of the Muslim community on religious restrictions, if any, on the political participation of Muslim women. Do the Indian Muslim women have political aspirations? Do they fight elections; as nominees of political parties or as independents? While the political participation of Indian women per se has been extensively studied, the status of Muslim women has not received much attention.
This study is based on extensive fieldwork in 9 districts of Uttar Pradesh and 6 districts of Karnataka. Besides over 200 individual Muslim women, the views of a number of Islamic scholars, Muslim academicians, professional and students were collected in the form of written replies to questionnaire and during the course of personal interviews.
About Author :
Vasundhara Mohan acquired her MA degree in History from Manasa Gangotri, Mysore University. After acquiring her PhD for her work on the Muslims of Sri Lanka from the Department of Political Science, Rajasthan University, Jaipur, she joined the Centre of Soviet Studies, Mumbai University in 1984 and retired as Associate Professor in 2006.
From 2007 to 2014 she was associated with the Centre for the Study of Society and Secularism in Mumbai, founded by Late Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer. During this period she developed special in interest in the empowerment of Muslim women and organised a number of workshops for Muslim women in different parts of the country.
She has also written and published a number of books. She has also published a number of articles on Muslim women.
She has widely travelled in Sri Lanka, USA, UK, Soviet Union/Russia, Thailand etc., for participation and presentation of research papers. Presently, she is working as Programme Director at the Institute of Indian Culture, Mumbai.