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Constitutions: South Asia
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The place of women and the working of gender in the constitutions of modern South Asian states, including India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, to varying degrees reflect the cultures of their sizeable Islamic populations and have sparked considerable political contestation.


Although the successive constitutions of Pakistan have included some progressive policies for women, and Pakistani women have drawn on Islam to demand rights, a history of discriminatory, purportedly Islamic or…

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Jenkins, Laura Dudley, “Constitutions: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0072d>
First published online: 2009

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