From Purdah to Parliament

ISBN 9780195794380
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From Purdah to Parliament

Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah

A simple and absorbing narrative of the life and times of Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah. The account covers the days of the British Raj and its aftermath. Through the life of one individual, we witness the changes wrought through the influence of the West in many purdah-observing households. The book provides interesting glimpses into the past and recounts the social and political movement that brought about rapid change, dramatically exemplified by the entry of a lady brought up in purdah into parliament, the United Nations and the Foreign Service.

Author Description
Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah was born in 1915 and educated in Calcutta, India, and London, where she received a PhD at the University of London. She was one of the few Muslim women to take part in the Pakistan Movement and one of the first female members of Pakistans Constituent-cum-Legislative Assembly. Begum Ikramullah also served Pakistan as a delegate to various international conferences and as Ambassador to Morocco.


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