Sultana's Dream Background

Sultana's Dream Background

Sultana's Dream is a feminist utopian novel written by Rokeya Hussain (also knows as Rokeya Begum) and was published in 1905 by The Indian Ladies Magazine.

The novel portrays a world in which women rule the world and men are the subordinate beings. Women control all aspects and are aided by new technology such as flying cars and solar energy in order to help maintain their rule. The novel details the daily lives of these women, which consists of a two hour work day, and goes on to display the advances made by women in a solely female dominated society.

The novel also explores a new religious aspect in that the religion that practiced is a modern concept of love and kindness, whereby purity is the most important factor of all.

Begum has won many accolades for her work as well as national day to her name, in Bangladesh (9 December). She has been an avid feminist and has also founded the 1916 Muslim Women’s Organization in her fight for women to gain access to education. She was also the founder of Calcutta's first Islamic girl's institution (1911), in her quest to make education equally accessible to females.

Library Journal has described the short story as "An interesting and informative work for Asian studies and women's studies collections." Publisher's Weekly cited it for being "a window opened too briefly onto a world whose exoticism is overshadowed only by its oppressiveness."

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