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Family Relations: Iran and Afghanistan
(1,229 words)

In Iran and Afghanistan the predominant ideology perceives women primarily as family members whose rights and obligations are defined in relation to their male relatives. The stipulated model that is founded on male domination is likely to reinforce authoritarian family relationships. Changes in family, however, are significant in both countries, induced by social, economic, and cultural realities. Changing family structures introduce new patterns of behaviors and attitudes among family members, especially women and youth.

In Afghanistan, the war has reduced the numbe…

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Kian-Thiébaut, Azadeh, “Family Relations: Iran and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00345>
First published online: 2009

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