Women and Gender in Ancient India: A Study of Texts and Inscriptions

 
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Subordination of women is a common feature of almost all stages of history and is prevalent everywhere in the world. However, the extent and form of that subordination has been conditioned by the social and cultural environment in which women have been placed. To understand the position of women in early northern India, this study has been charted in a fashion that includes historiographical trends and perspectives, explores women s spaces through the Buddhist literature, viz. the Therigatha and the Jataka; Sanskrit literature like the Ramayana and Devi Mahatmya (Markandeya Purana), Kalhana s Rajatarangini and also epigraphic materials. Given the diverse and culturally pluralistic environment of India, different interpretations are applied to the images of women. Looking at women through multiple lenses, multiple voices and sources brought to bear on a particular argument, drawing out alternative position, sometimes subtle, at other times unpopular, is more than just an academic exercise, it has political implications as well. This study is relevant and consequential for contemporary Indian women who are exploring gender justice, which is a significant concern of the day.

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Vijaya Laxmi Singh graduated in History Honours from the prestigious Patna Women s College (Avila Convent), Patna. She obtained her M.A. and M.Phil. Degrees from University of Delhi and Ph.D. from Jawahar Lal University, Delhi. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of History and Dy. Director and In-charge of Centre for Professional Development in Higher Education (UGC-ASC), University of Delhi. Her four monographs are: Ujjayini: A Numismatic and Epigraphic Study (1996), Mathura: The Settlement Pattern and Cultural Profile of an Early Historical City (2005), The Saga of First Urbanism in India: Harappan Civilisation (2006) and Portraying Cultures in Indian Subcontinent from Ancient to Modern (2011). She has received CICOPS scholarship in 2007 and has been conferred the status of CICOPS Fellow in 2012 by Pavia University, Italy. She has published many papers in national and international academic journals. She has participated and lectured in national and international seminars/colloquiums. She has also been a member of statutory bodies like the Academic Council (1994-98) and Executive Council (2000-2004) of the University of Delhi.

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Book Description Aryan Books International, 2015. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Contents: Prologue. Acknowledgements. I. Women and gender in history. 1. Historiographical trends and perspectives in Indian and Non-Indian sources for early historical societies. 2. Ancient India and the women question: brief survey from the earliest period to Pre-Maurya period. II. Buddhist perspective of women. 3. Visibility of egalitarian concepts of buddhism in the images of women in the Androcentric literature (Therigatha). 4. Misogynous literature. III. Images of women in Sanskrit texts. 5. Gender differentiation and contentious feminine voice of Sita in the Ramayana. 6. Devi Mahatmya (Markandeya Purana) and mythical and theological tradition of goddess worship in early India. IV. Gendered Identity: The case of queen Didda of historical Kashmir. 7. Introduction. 8. Didda as queen consort, regent queen and the ruling queen. 9. Conclusion. V. Gender in inscriptions. 10. Women and gender in inscriptions. 11. Conclusion. Epilogue. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Subordination of women is a common feature of almost all stages of history and is prevalent everywhere in the world. However, the extent and form of that subordination has been conditioned by the social and cultural environment in which women have been placed. To understand the position of women in early northern India, this study has been charted in a fashion that includes historiographical trends and perspectives, explores women’s spaces through the Buddhist literature, viz. the Therigatha and the Jataka; Sanskrit literature like the Ramayana and Devi Mahatmya (Markandeya Purana), Kalhana’s Rajatarangini and also epigraphic materials. Given the diverse and culturally pluralistic environment of India, different interpretations are applied to the images of women. Looking at women through multiple lenses, multiple voices and sources brought to bear on a particular argument, drawing out alternative position, sometimes subtle, at other times unpopular, is more than just an academic exercise, it has political implications as well. This study is relevant and consequential for contemporary Indian women who are exploring gender justice, which is a significant concern of the day. Seller Inventory # 114305

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