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Courtship: Afghanistan
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Marriage in Afghanistan is still predominantly a matter of family negotiation, especially for first marriages. Although child marriage is officially illegal, child or infant engagement by parents still occurs, especially in rural settings and traditionally educated families. Even between adults, initial negotiation is usually by women with other women. Two or three women, usually from the groom's side, visit a girl's family to suggest the match (the reverse approach happens occasionally, but is …

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Mills, Margaret A., “Courtship: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00373a>
First published online: 2009

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