A Glimpse of Muslim Women in Assam
Religion can be defined as a set of beliefs through which man can achieve mental and physical harmony with the natural forces. It is an important factors governing the demographic, socio-economic and socio- cultural variation in the society. Religion also plays a vital role in terms of ‘gender justice’ which is signatory for social upliftment and prosperity. Here the contribution of women in religion is particularly significant as they actively participate in religious rituals for socio-cultural well-being in their respective areas. However, they are also directed and limited by religious morals in diverse and dramatic ways. Islam, one of the major religions in the world also asserts for gender equality to ensure overall development of mankind. This is also evident in Assam where Muslims forms the second largest religious group in the state, after Hindus sharing 30.80 per cent (2001census) of the total population of the state. This paper attempts to understand the role and opportunities offered to the Muslim women of Assam as well as analyse the factors concerning gender justice among the Muslims of Assam which includes sex ratio, literacy rate, work participation etc.
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