Nawab Faizunnessa Choudhurani (1655 words)

Fayeza Hasanat (University of Central Florida)
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Faizunnesa Choudhurani, or Chowdhury (later known as Nawab Faizunnesa), was a philanthropist, a pioneer feminist and social activist of Colonial Bengal, an advocate for Muslim women’s education, and a creative writer. She was awarded the title “Nawab” by Queen Victoria in 1889. Nawab Faizunnesa is possibly the first Bengali Muslim woman to write a creative piece, titled Rupjalal (1876). She is also known to have founded the first school for Muslim girls in Bengal in 1873, along with the first zenana hospital for women in 1893.

Faizunnesa was born in 1834, in the province of Tippera (or Tripura) in East Bengal. Her father, Ahmed Ali Chowdhury, was the zamindar of Homnabad-Pashchimgaon estate (in Laksham,…

Citation: Hasanat, Fayeza. "Nawab Faizunnessa Choudhurani". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 January 2021 [, accessed 24 October 2021.]

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