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Adoption and Fostering: Central Asia and the Caucasus
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The attitude to adoption and fostering varies according to the historical moment. During the Islamic period, the act of adoption was equated with savab , an act of generosity that would be rewarded by God. In periods of wars and natural disasters, this attitude is reinforced. During the Soviet period there was a solicitous attitude toward children abandoned or left without parents. This is exemplified by the celebrated case of the Uzbek family of Shoahman and Bahry Somjuradov who adopted 14 children of different nation…

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Tokhtakhodjaeva, Marfua and Kadirova, Almaz, “Adoption and Fostering: Central Asia and the Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0064b>
First published online: 2009

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