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Arts: Popular Culture: Afghanistan
(799 words)

Historical background

Traditionally, cultural constraints combined with religious interpretation have restricted the role of women in Afghan society. Notions of honor and shame underpin Afghan cultural norms and practices, which emphasized female modesty and purity. As a result of the rigid social code imposed on Afghan women, literature, media, and the arts were the domain of men. Women did not work outside the home and were excluded from participating in cultural activities.


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Leitich, Keith A., “Arts: Popular Culture: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0294a>
First published online: 2009

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