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Cities: Urban Identities: Sub-Saharan Africa
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Urban Muslim women in Sub-Saharan Africa, as elsewhere, are not automatically united qua gender. Their lives may vary considerably according to the respective cities, regional or ethnic origin, social and marital status, generation and age, education and occupation. Nevertheless, urban women generally regard themselves as different from rural women whom they consider to be less educated, sophisticated, or “developed” than themselves. Whereas rural women often have to work on the farms, fetch wat…

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Werthmann, Katja, “Cities: Urban Identities: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0216g>
First published online: 2009

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