Civil Society and Democracy Ideologies: South Asia
Approximately half of the world's 1.1 billion Muslims live in
three countries of
Asia: 145 million and 130 million in Muslim-majority
respectively, and 125 million in Hindu-majority
Yet, the global discourse on Muslim women in
and democracy is shaped largely by the experiences of the Middle
East where only 172 million Muslims live.
The Western media generally portray Muslim
women as veiled
and excluded from the public sphere. This is not so for South Asian
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“Civil Society and Democracy Ideologies: South Asia”, in:
Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph.
Consulted online on 24 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0070b>