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Education: Women's Religious: Central Asia
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Islam in Central Asia dates back to the ninth-century Arab invasion and has been an integral part of society ever since. Long before the Soviet era, Central Asian cities were renowned as centers of Muslim scholarship. Folk traditions, customs, and Islamic practices were inextricably intermingled (Akiner 2003), and while formal Islamic institutions and practices were eliminated under Soviet rule (1920–91), informal practi…

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Demir, Cennet Engin, “Education: Women's Religious: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0256c>
First published online: 2009

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