Women in South Asia from 1800 to Present

Woman in a purple and orange sari sits, her heard of buffalo grazing in the background.

A woman watches her herd of buffalo in Mothey in the Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh, India. (Image courtesy of Shreyans Bhansali [thebigdurian].)


MIT Course Number

21H.575J / WGS.459J

As Taught In

Fall 2006



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Course Description

This course is designed to introduce and help students understand the changes and continuities in the lives of women in South Asia from a historical perspective. Using gender as a lens of examining the past, we will examine how politics of race, class, caste and religion affected and continue to impact women in South Asian countries, primarily in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. We will reflect upon current debates within South Asian women's history in order to examine some of the issues and problems that arise in re-writing the past from a gendered perspective and these are found in primary documents, secondary readings, films, newspaper articles, and the Internet.

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Haimanti Roy. 21H.575J Women in South Asia from 1800 to Present. Fall 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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