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Fabulous Females and Peerless PirsTales of Mad Adventure in Old Bengal$
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Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165296

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195165292.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Fabulous Females and Peerless Pirs

Tony K. Stewart

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief description of the eight tales in this volume. The stories celebrate Satya Pīr, a figure of religious power who is nominally both Muslim and Hindu; they vault women or their offspring into heroic roles as the men flounder in uncertainty and helplessness; they play with gender distinctions, all in an effort to comment, critique, and even stretch the traditional values reaffirmed in the conclusions of each tale. The perpetuation of cultural narratives in South Asia and the sectarian literatures of Satya Pīr are also discussed.

Keywords:   Satya Pīr, women, cultural narratives, South Asian folk tales, Muslim, Hindu, gender, religion, Bangla

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