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Aging: South Asia
(1,474 words)

Among Muslims in Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, generally, male and female lives were traditionally separate. Women were often extremely restricted in their movements and behavior. Among the Pukhtun of northwestern Pakistan, for example, according to a common saying, women should be either at home or in the grave.

The Pukhtun may be an extreme case: individual men or groups of relatives or neighbors maintained men's houses separate from the home, where males could entertain friends and interact with males without threatening the seclusion o…

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Hegland, Mary Elaine, “Aging: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0156e>
First published online: 2009

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