The Making of Islamic Womanhood
Hem Borker with Abdullah Khan
Hem Borker is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She earned her DPhil in Education from the University of Oxford on the Clarendon Scholarship. Her research interests include education, social exclusion, gender and youth.
She also holds a MA in Social Work from the University of Delhi and BA in History from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. Her ethnographic monograph Madrasas and the Making of Islamic Womanhood was recently published by Oxford University Press.
Abdullah Khan is a Mumbai based novelist, screenwriter, literary critic and banker. Born in a village near Motihari, Bihar, Abdullah was initially educated in madarsa (Islamic seminary) and Urdu medium school. In the mid-1990s, he discovered that George Orwell was born in Motihari. And, this Orwell’s connection with his home district drew him towards literature. Abdullah’s writings have appeared in Brooklyn Rail (New York), Wasafiri (London), The Hindu (India), The Daily Star (Bangladesh) and Friday Times (Pakistan) among others. His debut film as a screenwriter, Viraam, was released in the theatres in 2017. Patna Blues is his first novel which is being translated into many languages including Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Marathi, Malayalam, Bangla and Tamil.