Fatima Jinnah: Mother of the Nation - Book Launch
Fatima Jinnah: Mother of the Nation By M. Reza Pirbhai
About the Book
Although 50 years have passed since the death of Fatima Jinnah – author, activist and stateswoman known in Pakistan as the ‘mother of the nation’ - this is the first scholarly biography to tackle her life in full. Her background and contribution to Muslim nationalism under the British Raj, as well as her various efforts to consolidate the state, including a run for president in 1964, are told through previously untapped archival sources. Examining her life in the context of scholarship on South Asia and on women in Islam, Pirbhai assesses Fatima Jinnah’s role through the theoretical lens of the colonial ‘new woman’. This is essential reading for all those interested in modern South Asian and Islamic history, particularly the themes of gender and colonialism, the roots of Muslim nationalism and the early challenges facing the Pakistani state, as shown through the extraordinary lived experience of its most influential female activist.
About the Author
M. Reza Pirbhai is an associate professor, specializing in South Asian and world history. His research is focused on Islam in modern South Asia. He earned a doctorate in history from the University of Toronto (Canada) in 2004. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, he was assistant professor at the University of Manitoba (Canada) and Associate Professor at Louisiana State University (USA). His articles/book chapters on such topics as Islamic law and theology, Hindu and Muslim nationalism, British travel literature, and gender in modern South Asia, have appeared in the Journal of Asian History, Modern Intellectual History, South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies and Hawwa: Journal of the Women of the Middle East and the Islamic World. He is also the author of the book Reconsidering Islam in a South Asian Context, published by E.J. Brill (2009).