After she submitted her thesis, she worked as a curator at the French National Archives between —67, and again between — Mallison's area of research is pre-modern and medieval Gujarati literature. She has rediscovered and analyzed texts from the last thousand years, ranging from hymns such as the Prabhatiyam to the Ginans of the Ismailis , and local interpretations of Sanskrit epics such as the Ramayana. In her researches into religious sects of Gujarat, she has shown that some hymns such as the Sant Vani transcended religious boundaries.
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Once a child reaches a marriageable age, the parents prepare themselves mentally and, more importantly, financially so that they can search for a suitable partner for their child in order to meet their domestic obligation. They keep in mind the societal rules regarding cast, creed, natal chart, and financial and social status of the family. During the 18th century this was very different and quite controversial. A marriage meant an additional member who was to be supported and hence was a burden on the groom ' s family as the bride did not go out to earn and contribute to the family income. Thus a dowry was collected to provide the additional burden resulting from a bride ' s entry into the groom ' s family. During the reign of the Delhi Sultans the worst sufferers were Hindu women as they were on the receiving end of any war, arson, plundering, etc. During these dark days, customs like child-marriage, selection of women from the rest of the society, wearing of the Ghungat veil were all in play. This age also perpetuated customs like Sati forced or voluntary immolation of a widow on the cremation pyre of her dead husband and looking upon the birth of a female baby as an ill omen, even killing new-born baby girls by drowning them in a tub of milk was too often an occurrence. The feeling of insecurity and the presence of young unmarried girls was a potential invitation for disaster.