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Shireen Nishat Akbar (1944–1997) by unknown photographer [third from left, in the Nehru Gallery of Indian Art, Victoria and Albert Museum] V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Akbar [née Hasib], Shireen Nishat (1944–1997), educationist, was born on 30 July 1944 in Calcutta, India, the daughter of F. A. Hasib and Selina Hasib, who also had two sons. Among her forebears was Begum Rokeya Hossain (1880–1932), an early worker for women's emancipation in ...

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Cilento, (Elizabeth) Diane (1933–2011), actress, was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on 5 October 1933, the fifth of the six children of Sir Raphael West (Ray) Cilento (1893–1985) and his wife, Phyllis Dorothy, née McGlew (1894–1987). Her father was a pioneer in tropical medicine (knighted in 1935) and her mother was a gynaecologist who was an early proponent of the use of vitamin supplements. Of ...

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Cobbold [née Murray], Lady Evelyn (1867–1963), traveller and convert to Islam, was born on 17 July 1867 at 13 Great Stuart Street, Edinburgh, the eldest of the six children (five daughters and one son) of Charles Adolphus Murray, seventh earl of Dunmore...

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Fyzee, Atiya [married name Atiya Fyzee-Rahamin; known as Atiya Begum, and Shahinda] (1877–1967), author, social reformer, and patron of the arts, was born in Constantinople on 1 August 1877 into the prominent Tyabji clan, which was at the forefront of Bombay's...

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See Fyzee, Atiya [married name Atiya Fyzee-Rahamin; known as Atiya Begum, and Shahinda]

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Goff, Helen Lyndon [pseuds. P. L. Travers, Pamela Lyndon Travers] (1899–1996), children's writer, was born on 9 August 1899 in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia. She was the first of the three children of Travers Robert Goff (1863–1907), a London-born bank manager (later demoted to a clerk), and ...

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Helen Lyndon Goff (1899–1996) by Jane Bown, pubd 1982 © Jane Bown

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Hosain, Attia Shahid (1913–1998), writer and broadcaster, was born on 20 October 1913 in Lucknow in United Provinces in northern India, one of five children of Shahid Hosain Kidwai. She belonged to one of the feudal landowning families, the talukdars, which in the twentieth century produced many prominent and distinguished men. Her father had studied at ...

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Hossain, Rokeya Sakhawat (c. 1880–1932), educationist and social reformer in India, was born Rokeya Khatun in Pairaband, Rangpur district, Bengal, India, the second of three daughters and third of five children of Zahiruddin Abu Ali Haider Saber, landowner, and his wife, Rahatunnessa Sabera Chaudurani...

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Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan (1914–1944) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Khan, Noor-un-Nisa Inayat (1914–1944), special operations officer, was born on 2 January 1914 in Moscow, the eldest of four children of Hazrat Inayat Khan (1882–1927), a Sufi religious teacher and musician, and his wife, Ora Ray Baker (1890–1949). Her father was descended from the last Mughal ...

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Munni Begam (1723?–1813), consort of Mir Jafar Ali Khan, nawab of Bengal, was probably born in 1723, reputedly the daughter of 'a poor widow' from the village of Balkonda, near Sikandra in northern India (Torrington, 9.76). The widow gave her to a slave woman who took her to ...

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Mustafa [née Butt], Sophia (1922–2005), teacher, politician, and author, was born in Quadian, Gurdaspur district, Punjab, India, when her parents were on home leave from Kenya. Her father, Mohamed Hussein Butt (1890/91–1930), a Kashmiri Ahmadiyya, had moved to Kenya in 1910, where he worked for several companies and was a member of the ...

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