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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 ou…

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Leitich, Keith A., “Arts: Popular Culture: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0294a>
First published online: 2009



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