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Education: (Early through Late) Modern: Central Asia
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Central Asian society between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries was a mix of settled farmers, oasis town-dwellers, and pastoral nomads. Central Asian economies were based on agriculture, herding, small-scale manufacturing, and trade. Very few people, male or female, needed to know how to read, write, or do more than basic arithmetic. The high culture of the elite in the cities of Bukhara, Kokand, …

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Keller, Shoshana, “Education: (Early through Late) Modern: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0251c>
First published online: 2009

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