"Life in pluralist India presents Muslim women with numerous challenges and contradictions. While the Indian Constitution guarantees equality and freedom from discrimination based on gender or religion, it also recognizes religious freedom in the form of personal law governing family relations, which applies to individuals based on their religious identity. Under personal law, Muslim women are subject to a strict code of conduct that supports gender inequality within the family. Ultimately, the regulation of gender roles in the private sphere affects the status of women in the public sphere. Reclaiming the Nation examines the relationship between gender and nation through the lens of marginalized Muslim women. Drawing on feminist legal theory and post-colonial and critical race theory, Vrinda Naraln explores the idea of citizenship as a potential vehicle for the emancipation of Muslim women. Citizenship, she argues, opens the possibility for Indian women to reclaim a sense of selfhood free from imposed identities."--Jacket.