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Cities: Homelessness: South Asia
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This entry explains homelessness as it originates and is sustained under poverty and patriarchy, including the experiences of homelessness pertaining to Muslim women in South Asia.

Nearly one-fifth of the population of the world resides in South Asia. A significant section of this population lives in deprivation, earning less than 1 US$ per day: Bangladesh 36 percent, India 34.7 percent, Pakistan 13.4 percent, and Sri Lanka 6.6 percent (UN-HABITAT 2005). The phenomenon of homelessness is a specific manifestation of depri…

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Ghafur, Shayer, “Cities: Homelessness: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 November 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0212b>
First published online: 2009

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