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Sultana’s Dream

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Sultana’s Dream is a science fiction short story first published in English in 1905.  It was written by Roquia Sakhawat Hussain, who was a Muslim feminist living in Bengal.  She started the first school for Muslim girls which still exists today.

In Sultana’s Dream a woman has a dream that takes her to Lady Land when men are kept secluded in a reversal of the practice of purdah common at her time.  The women of Lady Land have dedicated themselves to scientific research instead of war and are keeping the men out of the way so they don’t cause trouble.

You can read Sultana’s Dream here.

One Comment

  • Aarti

    Ohmigosh, just the premise of this book sounds so interesting! Kind of like Herland, but shorter. I love that you read a book not just by a diverse author, but also by a feminist 🙂

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