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also za·na·na  (zə-nä′nə)
The part of a house reserved for the women of the household in South Asia.

[Hindi zenāna, from Persian, from zan, woman; see gwen- in Indo-European roots.]


(Anthropology & Ethnology) (in the East, esp in Muslim and Hindu homes) part of a house reserved for the women and girls of a household
[C18: from Hindi zanāna, from Persian, from zan woman]


(zɛˈnɑ nə)

n., pl. -nas. (in India)
1. the part of the house in which the women and girls of a family are secluded.
2. its occupants collectively.
[1755–65; < Hindi < Persian zanāna, female, of women, adj. derivative of zan woman, c. Skt jani; see quean]


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The free and complete opening of the professions, the final abolition of the zenana I call it, and the franchise to all women who pay Queen's taxes above a certain sum.
Some of his earlier photographs at times slip into the performative register of zenana photographs, in the 19th-century style of Raja Deen Dayal.
For British women, the Zenana was evidence Indians had not embraced liberalism and were not ready for self-rule, thereby justifying their presence.
However, I was not prepared to find her dutifully in charge of the Baptist Zenana Mission's sweet stall at the Loughton Union Church in 1908-9, raising money to help "oppressed" Indian women held "captive" in the zenana--the exclusively female quarters within South Asian households.
Behind the Purdah" (9) is the story of zenana conspiracies and the subsequent tragedy of an old Thakurani in a native principality.
The festivities began with the haldi ceremony at the Zenana Mahal of City Palace, property of the Udaipur's ex- royals.
Walter Penrose maintains that the practice of secluding women into a zenana or harem, practiced by upper class Muslims and Hindus alike, and depicted in "Lihaf," created opportunities for precisely these sorts of homoerotic relationships, and that, as the illustrations he draws on make clear, were not entirely unknown prior to the twentieth century (23-25).
Seton provides historical case studies from a variety of denominational backgrounds, interdenominational groups such as the China Inland Mission, and the Zenana Bible and Medical Mission.
The maternal and child welfare movement in India started with attempts to train the indigenous 'Dai' (Traditional Birth Attendant) by Miss Hewlett of the Church of England Zenana Mission in India in 1866.
As Aurangzeb's chief consort, Dilras wielded considerable influence over him, and ruled his zenana and harem.
The centre portion is the main building and the kitchen, Gol Bangla, Zenana Mehal, and harem quarters stretch to the south.