Between the Twilights: Being Studies of Indian Women by One of Themselves:

Between the Twilights: Being Studies of Indian Women by One of Themselves:

by Cornelia Sorabji


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THE writer, who is the authoress of "Love and Life behind the Purdah, Sun Babies," and several other books, has an almost unique acquaintance with Eastern and Western life. A Christian Parsee, educated at Oxford, and a student of law at Lincoln's Inn, she has devoted her life to the relief and help of her sisters shut up behind the purdahs. The present volume consists of studies of Indian women. A passage on p. 32 affords a key to all that the book contains, where we read: "The Hindu woman acknowledges no claims save those of religion. No social, no communal claims. Her worship of the gods, her husband, her children, they are all the same, part of her religion, and they make her life." Miss Sorabji devotes separate chapters to an Indian woman's relations to her gods, her husband, and her children. Her sketch of a religious woman in Chapter VI is good. "Truth-named," in Chapter VII., is an example of the best type of an Indian holy man. The author excuses herself for introducing him into "a book of women" on the ground that priests and women are allies all the world over, and "in India particularly is the influence noticeable." The strongest chapters which the book contains are the fourth to the eighth inclusive, but the book as a whole is worth reading. Its chief value lies in the general impression which it gives of Indian womanhood, its surroundings and ideals.

— The East and the West, Volume 6 [1908]

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781663516183
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 06/11/2020
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

About the Author

Cornelia Sorabji (15 November 1866 – 6 July 1954) was an Indian woman who was the first female graduate from Bombay University, the first woman to study law at Somerville College, Oxford University and the first female advocate in India and the first woman to practice law in India and Britain. By the late 1920s, however, Sorabji had adopted a staunch anti-nationalist attitude. believing that the British needed to be in India in order to counter Hindu dominance. By 1927, she was actively involved in promoting support for the Empire and preserving the rule of the British Raj. She favourably viewed the polemical attack on Indian self-rule in Katherine Mayo's book Mother India.

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