Frogs in a Well
Indian Women in Purdah

Jeffrey, Patricia
Publisher:  Zed
Year Published:  1979  
Pages:  192pp   ISBN:  0-905762-32-0
Resource Type:  Book
Cx Number:  CX19700

Frogs in a Well is a case study of women at one of India's most sacred Muslim shrines- that of the Sufi saint, Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya. It is essentially a study of women living in strict purdah. Their situation is so different from that familiar to most non-Muslims today that it is difficult to grasp either the rationale for purdah or the social forces that perpetuate it. This book is an analysis of these forces, within the context of a delicate portrayal of the women's way of life.