Remaking selves: narratives of young Muslim women in Mumbai

Sana Ghazi

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At the Institute, Sana Ghazi aimed to study young Muslim women in Mumbai. She intended to deconstruct the inherent categories of “young, urban Muslim women”, through their agency. The project documented and analyzed female young Muslim narratives, while delimiting the focus geographically to Mumbai. With an emphasis on the nuances of their Muslimness, the study focused on their artistic expression, its hybridity and enablement, and the demonstration of their plurality through ‚alternate culture‘. The project opened-up a discussion on their individual negotiations in overlapping, yet distinct, spaces in terms of ‘being’ and ‘doing’, without necessarily establishing a dichotomous relationship between the two. The objective, broadly, was to explore how negotiations in diverse spaces observed in, for instance, writing, art, cinema or the underground music scene - which may largely be understood as ‘invisible’ or ‘hidden’ - are shaping multiple strands of their identity.


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