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Cities: Islamic Cities: Overview
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The study of gender relations in urban milieus has developed as a part of a broad movement to rethink how one might characterize or study the “Islamic city.” Orientalist scholarship claimed to be able to examine cities from the Maghrib to Afghanistan as variations on this ideal type, conceived in terms of the city's buildings, most particularly of structures such as mosques, baths, and markets. Little att…

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Ossman, Susan, “Cities: Islamic Cities: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0214>
First published online: 2009

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