Shaheedan-e-Wafa ka Khoon Baha Kya

ISBN 9780199069514
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The book is divided into two parts. The earlier part features the first meeting between the author and Safia in the Women's College of Aligarh Muslim University. These were happier days for Safia, before she married Jan Nisar Akhtar. In this part, the author focuses on the college and on college life, a setting she shared with her protagonist. This part of the book is a useful contribution to an important period in social history, when Muslim women in the subcontinent were just beginning to reach out towards higher education. The second part gives an account of Safia's tragic married life, based mainly on letters she wrote to her husband, which have been compiled in two volumes as Harf-e-Aashna and Zer-e-Lub. Safia was herself a well read, gifted writer, although stifled by an unfortunate marriage, as evidenced by her letters.