Religion and Patriarchy in Taslima Nasrin’s Lajja: An Intersectional Approach


  • Ganga Ram Paudyal Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara, Nepal



Discrimination, fanaticism, intersectionality, patriarchy, subjugation


This paper explores Taslima Nasrin’s novel Lajja from the perspective of intersectionality through the portrayal of female characters as religion and patriarchy have subjugated them in Bangladesh. Intersectionality crystalizes the dynamics of female issues regarding the tutelage that society and other institutions create for them. In the novel, the author tries to reflect these issues of intersectionalty regarding freedom of expression for both women and people in minorities and the problem of identity crises they suffer. Likewise, the religious as well as political conflicts impede the minorities group to feel liberate and find their identity. The reason behind this can be justified because the novel was banned and a fatwa was issued against Nasrin. Mainly, the focus is on how the religious and social confinements for the women and people from marginalized group made their voices unheard. This situation makes women rebel against male chauvinism and religious fanatics. As a qualitative review article, it reviews some articles relevant to Nasrin and her novel as secondary sources, her novel as primary source applying an intersectional approach, through the study of feminism and religious fanaticism as methodological tools.


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Author Biography

Ganga Ram Paudyal, Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara, Nepal

Asst. Prof. Ganga Ram Paudyal works at the Department of English, Prithvi Narayan Campus, Tribhuvan University, Pokhara. He is currently pursuing his M. Phil. degree from Nepal Open Universtiy, Manbhawan, Lalitpur. His areas of interest are philosophy, cultural studies, and language studies. He has published a few articles in some journals.




How to Cite

Paudyal, G. R. (2021). Religion and Patriarchy in Taslima Nasrin’s Lajja: An Intersectional Approach. The Outlook: Journal of English Studies, 12(1), 24–33.



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