This book traces the genealogy of ‘women’s fiction’ in South Asia and looks at the interesting and fascinating world of fiction by Muslim women. It explores how Muslim women have contributed to the growth and development of genre fiction in South Asia and brings into focus diverse genres, including speculative, horror, campus fiction, romance, graphic, dystopian amongst others, from the early 20th century to the present.

The book debunks myths about stereotypical representations of South Asian Muslim women and critically explores how they have located their sensibilities, body, religious/secular identities, emotions, and history, and have created a space of their own. It discusses works by authors such as Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Hijab Imtiaz Ali, Mrs. Abdul Qadir, Muhammadi Begum, Abbasi Begum, Khadija Mastur, Qurratulain Hyder, Wajida Tabbasum, Attia Hosain, Mumtaz Shah Nawaz, Selina Hossain, Shaheen Akhtar, Bilquis Sheikh, Gulshan Esther, Maha Khan Phillips, Zahida Zaidi, Bina Shah, Andaleeb Wajid, and Ayesha Tariq.

A volume full of remarkable discoveries for the field of genre fiction, both in South Asia and for the wider world, this book, in the Studies in Global Genre Fiction series, will be useful for scholars and researchers of English literary studies, South Asian literature, cultural studies, history, Islamic feminism, religious studies, gender and sexuality, sociology, translation studies, and comparative literatures.

chapter |30 pages


ByHaris Qadeer, P. K. Yasser Arafath

section Section I|67 pages

Genres and early fiction

chapter 1|14 pages

Fruits of freedom

Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain's writings as genre fiction1
ByBarnita Bagchi

chapter 2|18 pages

Locating romance and women writers in Urdu literature

Hijab Imtiaz Ali's genre fiction
ByShweta Sachdeva Jha

chapter 3|14 pages

‘I'm nobody! Who are you?’

Mrs. Abdul Qādir's horror fiction and the non-authorial1
ByJaideep Pandey

chapter 4|19 pages

Gendering the Urdu domestic novel

Muhammadi Begum, Abbasi Begum, and the women question
ByMohammed Afzal

section Section II|78 pages

Genres and modernity

chapter 5|15 pages

Women who wielded pens

Khadija Mastur
ByMehr Afshan Farooqi

chapter 6|17 pages

‘Studies in [] Dying Culture[s]’

Qurratulain Hyder and Urdu Fantasy Fiction in Self-translation
ByFatima Rizvi

chapter 7|17 pages

‘The Forbidden City’1

An exploration of Wajida Tabassum's magazine fiction2
ByWafa Hamid

chapter 8|10 pages

‘1971 Novels’ in Bangladesh

Women's writing between the popular and the literary
ByMosarrap Hossain Khan

chapter 9|17 pages

Sunlight on a Broken Column and The Heart Divided as autobiographically inspired realist text

Navigating gendered socio-political identities in genre fiction
ByMobeen Hussain

section Section III|67 pages

Postcolonial genres

chapter 10|12 pages

‘Obedient Daughters’ and the deployment of graphic stereotypes

ByChristel R Devadawson

chapter 11|12 pages

Contemporary politics and prehistoric past through popular genres

Maha Khan Phillips' novels
ByMohammad Asim Siddiqui

chapter 12|10 pages

Occupying educational and intellectual space

Woman as radical flâneuse in Zahida Zaidi's campus novel Inqilab ka Ek Din
ByAysha Munira Rasheed

chapter 13|21 pages

Making sense of conversion to Christianity in 20th-century Pakistan

Two women's co-authored autobiographies as crafted accounts
ByMadeline Clements

chapter 14|10 pages

Feminist futures and the speculative fictions

ByUmme Al-wazedi