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Zaynab and Aman: Love and Women's Liberation in the 1930s, a Story Poem by Hamid Alimjan

ByDavid C. Montgomery

Zaynab and Aman, a story poem written by the Uzbek poet, Hamid Alimjan, in 1938, is a noteworthy example of the interaction between literature and politics in Soviet Uzbekistan during the 1930s. The poem uses courtship on an Uzbekistan cotton growing collective farm to lend literary support to Soviet style modernisation of a traditional Muslim society. The plot is about the efforts of a girl, Zaynab, and a young man, Aman, to have the right to choose each other as husband and wife, despite the continuing practice of arranged marriages.1