Edited by Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Daniel Majchrowicz and Sunil Sharma
Contributions by Asiya Alam, Andrew Amstutz, C. Ceyhun Arslan, David Boyk, Greg Halaby, Hans Harder and Megan Robin Hewitt
Published by: Indiana University Press
532 pages, 178.00 x 254.00 mm, 40 b&w illus.
When thinking of intrepid travelers from past centuries, we don't usually put Muslim women at the top of the list. And yet, the stunning firsthand accounts in this collection completely upend preconceived notions of who was exploring the world.
Editors Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Daniel Majchrowicz, and Sunil Sharma recover, translate, annotate, and provide historical and cultural context for the 17th- to 20th-century writings of Muslim women travelers in ten different languages. Queens and captives, pilgrims and provocateurs, these women are diverse. Their connection to Islam is wide-ranging as well, from the devout to those who distanced themselves from religion. What unites these adventurers is a concern for other women they encounter, their willingness to record their experiences, and the constant thoughts they cast homeward even as they traveled a world that was not always prepared to welcome them.
Perfect for readers interested in gender, Islam, travel writing, and global history, Three Centuries of Travel Writing by Muslim Women provides invaluable insight into how these daring women experienced the world—in their own voices.
Siobhan Lambert-Hurley is Professor of Global History at the University of Sheffield. She is author of Elusive Lives: Gender, Autobiography, and the Self in Muslim South Asia; (with Sunil Sharma) Atiya's Journeys: A Muslim Woman from Colonial Bombay to Edwardian Britain; and Muslim Women, Reform and Princely Patronage: Nawab Sultan Jahan Begam of Bhopal. She is editor (with Anshu Malhotra) of Speaking of the Self: Gender, Performance, and Autobiography in South Asia and of A Princess's Pilgrimage: Nawab Sikandar Begum's A Pilgrimage to Mecca.
Daniel Majchrowicz is Assistant Professor of South Asian Literature and Culture at Northwestern University. His work appears in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and Journal of Urdu Studies, as well as several edited volumes. He is author of a forthcoming book on the history of travel writing in South Asia.
Sunil Sharma is Professor of Persianate and Comparative Literature at Boston University. He is author of Mughal Arcadia: Persian Literature in an Indian Court; Amir Khusraw: The Poet of Sultans and Sufis; Persian Poetry at the Indian Frontier: Mas'ud Sa'd Salman of Lahore, and (with Siobhan Lambert-Hurley) Atiya's Journeys: A Muslim Woman from Colonial Bombay to Edwardian Britain. He is editor (with Roberta Micallef) of On the Wonders of Land and Sea: Persianate Travel Writing.
"Travel accounts of course describe places, but they also, invariably, reveal the traveler and the cultural world that each writer brings along with her luggage. These rich and varied accounts, written over three centuries in 10 different languages, dissolve any stereotype one might have of 'the Muslim woman,' and they offer a rich resource for specialists and general readers alike. Whether read straight through, or sampled by entries that catch the eye, this is a book to enjoy."—Barbara Metcalf, University of California, Davis, Emerita
"Compiled by editors Siobhan Lambert-Hurley, Daniel Majchrowicz and Sunil Sharma, Three Centuries of Travel Writing by Muslim Women showcases writings from 45 Muslim women — acquired through an extensive selection of writings in 10 languages, including Arabic, Turkish, Urdu, Punjabi, Indonesian, English and others. . . . What emerges is a group of women writers who were not afraid to voice their thoughts in the presence of authority figures and unfavourable circumstances. Three Centuries of Travel Writing by Muslim Women Writers is an enduring testament to just a few of the countless fascinating stories documented by women travellers throughout the ages."—Fehmida Zakeer, The National News
"This anthology will be of interest to anyone working on travel, colonial history, Muslim women, and comparative literature, Islamic Studies. It will also be an excellent resource in many courses that cover a range of topics be it religious piety, feminism, travel, travel writing, and much more."—Shobhana Xavier, Queen's University, New Books Network
"The amount of work that has gone into uncovering these sources should not be understated. Lambert-Hurley and her team researched the book over seven years, collaborating with experts in Arabic sources and visiting private collections in rural Punjab. Three Centuries of Travel Writing by Muslim Women is all the more valuable for rendering visible a previously unwritten history of Muslim women travellers. It deserves a place on your bookshelf!"—Evelyn Nichols (she/her), Off the Shelf
"This anthology will interest scholars and general readers wanting to know more about travel writing, gender, Muslim women, Islamic studies, colonial history and global history. It is also a good resource for many undergraduate and graduate courses."—Ammad Ali Malik, The News on Sunday (Pakistan)
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