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Cities: Urban Built Environments: Afghanistan
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It is impossible to flatten Afghan women into a homogeneous group because of differences in ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education, and residence in urban or rural areas. However, what they do have in common is that they share the same tradition of being expected to be the guarantor of the family's honor and status, and to be controlled and protected by men. Analysis of the housing structure gives an idea of the striking evidence of this tradition in the built environment, especially in urban areas.

In the cities, high walls usually hide women from the view of outsiders and…

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Carabelli, Gulia, “Cities: Urban Built Environments: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0215a>
First published online: 2009

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