Based on empirical research in India, this book presents a post-colonial feminist analysis of subjectivities available to
Muslim girls and the ways in which they are inhabited and negotiated. Examining government education policies together with
the narratives of teachers and parents, the author explores the manner in which gender, class, ethnicity and religion intersect
both to confer certain subjectivities and to challenge or reinforce the conferred subjectivities. A study of the imposition
of subjectivities that label Muslim girls as economically subordinate and culturally different, Contemporary Muslim Girlhoods
in India analyses Muslim girls' reconstructions of self through a combination of reflexivity, resilience and agency, and conformity.
Drawing on the thought of Pierre Bourdieu and Nancy Fraser, this volume offers an original contribution to the study of gendered
minorities, institutions and relationships in post-colonial contexts, and an alternative to identitarian politics or cultural
explanations of Muslim women's educational deprivation in India. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and gender
studies with interests in education, class, religion and identity.