Beyond the Religious Impasse: Mobilizing for Muslim Women's Rights in India


This paper describes the emergence of two networks organized around the question of Muslim women's rights: the Muslim Women's Rights Network (MWRN) and the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA). Based on extensive interviews with members of the networks, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMBLB) and other women's organizations in Mumbai, New Delhi, Lucknow and Kolkata, the study focused particularly on whether and how the MWRN and BMMA engage with religion as part of a process of collective identity formation and within the debates that they foster and in which they participate.


Working Paper 35, Religions and Development Research Programme, University of Birmingham, UK, ISBN 0-704427761, 85 pp.

Beyond the Religious Impasse: Mobilizing for Muslim Women’s Rights in India

Published 1 January 2009