WE SINFUL WOMEN
contemporary Urdu feminist poetry
including the original Urdu

translated and edited by
Rukhsana Ahmad

New Delhi: Rupa and Company, 1990
presented here through the generous permission of Rukhsana Ahmad and the poets whose work she has translated


Prefatory material and
INTRODUCTION by Rukhsana Ahmad, *pp. 1-29*


KISHWAR NAHEED, *pp. 30-65*
We Sinful Women, pp. 30-33 == Section 44, pp. 34-35 == A Palace of Wax, pp. 36-39 == The Grass Is Really Like Me,  pp. 40-41 == Who Am I?, pp. 42-45 == Nightmare, pp. 46-49 == Censorship, pp. 50-53 == Talking to Myself, pp. 54-57 == Anticlockwise, pp. 58-61 == To the Masters of Countries with a Cold Climate, pp. 62-65

FAHMIDA RIAZ, *pp. 66-101*
Stoning, pp. 66-67 == Surah-e-Yaaseen, pp. 68-69 == O God of Heaven and Earth, pp. 70-71 == Come, Give Me Your Hand, pp. 72-75 == To Auden, pp. 76-77 == Virgin, pp. 78-79 == The Interrogator, pp. 80-83 == Image, pp. 84-85 == Search Warrant, pp. 86-89 == Chadur and Diwari, pp. 90-95 == She Is a Woman Impure, pp. 96-97 == Akleema, pp. 98-99 == The Laughter of a Woman, pp. 100-101

SARA SHAGUFTA, *pp. 102-112*
Woman and Salt, pp. 102-105 ==  To Daughter Sheely, pp. 106-107 == The Moon Is Quite Alone, pp. 108-111

ZEHRA NIGAH, *pp. 112-139*
Compromise, pp. 112-113 == The Moonflower Tree, pp. 114-117 ==  My Crime: A Promise, pp. 118-123 == The Girl by the Lamp-Post, pp. 124-129 == My Playmate, pp. 130-135 == Hudood Ordinance, pp. 136-139

ISHRAT AAFREEN, *pp. 140-175*
Dedication, pp. 140-141 == I, pp. 142-143 == Introduction, pp. 144-145 == Migration, pp. 146-147 == Dialogue with an Incomplete Man, pp. 148-149 == The First Prayer of My Elders, pp. 150-153 == Liberation, pp. 154-157 == Ghazal [1], pp. 158-159 == Ghazal [2], pp. 160-161 == Ghazal [3], pp. 162-163 == Ghazal [4], pp. 164-165 == Ghazal [5], pp. 166-167 == Ghazal [6], pp. 168-169 == Ghazal [7], pp. 170-171 == The Daughter of Riches, pp. 172-175

SAEEDA GAZDAR, *pp. 176-185*
Twelfth of February, 1983, pp. 176-185

NEELMA SARWAR, *pp. 186-193*
The Thief, pp. 186-187 == Prison, pp. 188-189 == To the First Man to Be Awarded Lashes, pp. 190-191 == I Wish That Day of Judgment Would Come, pp. 192-193

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