Author: A S Altekar
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8120803256
The Position of Women in Hindu Civilization will enable the reader to understand the subject in its true perspective, as it is based upon a critical and impartial survey of all the available data. The work not only surveys the position of Hindu women during the last four thousand years but also indicates the general lines on which the resent day problems confronting them should be solved.
The treatment is quite impartial; the limitations of the Hindu civilizations have not been passed over nor its excellences exaggerated, nor vice versa. The subject has never been treated with such realism, accuracy, impartiality ad comprehensiveness. The general reader will find the book absorbingly interesting. The scholar will find it original and illuminating. The student of sociology will find it stimulating and indispensable.
This is a well rounded text, targeted towards the relationship between Hindu women and society. This interesting and informative work spans almost four thousand years of experience. Position of women is superbly organized according to the principal divisions of a woman’s life, taking one through discussions of issues such as The Position of the widow, Dress and Ornaments, Marriage and Divorce and Proprietary Rights.
-V G Julie Rahan, Hinduism Today, January, 1997
PREFACE TO THE FIRST EDITION
PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
ABBREVITIONS AND TRANSLITERATION
Childhood and Education
Marriage and Divorce
The Position of the Widow, Part I
The Position of the Widow, Part II
Women and Public Life
Women and Religion
Proprietary Rights During Coverture
Proprietary Rights-Inheritance and Partition
Dress and Ornaments
General Attitude Towards Women
Retrospect and Prospect
List of Plates