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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • SP.459J (Fall 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Women in South Asia from 1800 to Present 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • History 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Haimanti Roy 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 21H.575J / SP.459J / WGS.459J Women in South Asia from 1800 to Present

    Fall 2006

    Course Highlights

    21H.575J / SP.459J / WGS.459J Women in South Asia from 1800 to Present

    Fall 2006

    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].)

    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.

    Recommended Citation

    For any use or distribution of these materials, please cite as follows:

    Haimanti Roy, course materials for 21H.575J/SP.459J Women in South Asia from 1800 to Present, Fall 2006. MIT OpenCourseWare (, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Downloaded on [DD Month YYYY].


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