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Arts: Popular Culture: Central Asia
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Central Asia has traditionally been home to a diverse array of cultural activities for women. Questions of religion and of the virtues of female performance often mitigated the public roles of women in urban and conservative communities, but this was not universally the case for Central Asia. Traditional music performers in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were often women and there was an entire genre of music competitions dedicated to challenges of skill between men and women. Women also played impor…

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Rouland, Michael, “Arts: Popular Culture: Central Asia”, 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_0294b>
First published online: 2009

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