Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Sultana’s Dream: An Echo of Enlightened Women’s Leadership in the Feminist UtopiaAklima Begum*
Received: 01 September, 2021; Accepted: 22 September, 2021; Published: 22 September, 2021
Sultana’s Dream (wrote in 1905, published in 1908) is a feminist utopia was written by Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1880-1932). She is a Muslim feminist writer and social reformer who lived in British India, which is now Bangladesh. At the very beginning of her life, Begum Rokeya could realize very well that education is the only key for emancipation as well as the progression in the then vulnerable women society. Her life motto was to expand female education in the Bengali Muslim Society as she believed that if education is inculcated properly in women, it would enlighten them and liberate them from the barriers of rigid patriarchy and existing norms. Therefore, Rokey’s piece of writing (Sultana’s Dream) retains a signature of her creative ingenuity to build the infrastructure of not only women education but also women empowerment. The objective of this essay is to signify how education is the main driving force behind establishing women leadership with innovative thinking power who invented sufficient (scientific) instruments for them and who possessed protective power to save the Lady land from invaders and consequently run the state very well than ever.
Keywords: Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Utopia, Feminism, Women Education, Women Leadership.
*Corresponding author: Department of English, Shaikh Burhanuddin Post Graduate College, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Email: [email protected]
To cite this article: Begum, A. (2021). Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s Sultana’s Dream: An Echo of Enlightened Women’s Leadership in the Feminist Utopia. International Journal for Asian Contemporary Research, 1 (III), 130-133.
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