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Domesticity: Sub-Saharan Africa: Hausa Societies
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Occupation of domestic roles, engagement with domestic labor, and association with domestic spaces of the home are central to the identities of Muslim Hausa women in Northern Nigeria. The identities of millions of ordinary rural and urban Muslim Hausa women are formed largely through their lived experiences of daily domesticity. The lives of women, especially adult married women, are strongly rooted in the domestic sphere, primarily via their occupation of the domestic space of the gida (courtyard home) within which they perform the daily tasks of domestic labor. Time …

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Robson, Elsbeth, “Domesticity: Sub-Saharan Africa: Hausa Societies”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0076d>
First published online: 2009

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