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Family Relations: Caucasus
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This entry deals mainly with Azerbaijan. This is because of the shortage of relevant scholarship on the rest of the Muslim Caucasus. Family relations in the Muslim Caucasus are based on gender and generational hierarchies whereby the elders command great respect and authority over the young. In the pre-Soviet era men had absolute authority over their wives and children, as reflected in the phrase ar Allahin kolgasidir (a husband is the shadow of God). The Soviet revolution attempted to alter many of the patriarchal aspects of family and gender relations by ban…

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Heyat, Farideh, “Family Relations: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0077a>
First published online: 2009

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