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Family Relations: South Asia
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While Muslims in South Asia are divided between India (14 percent of the population), Pakistan (97 percent), Bangladesh (85 percent), and Sri Lanka (9 percent), their history is common before 1947, and different after that largely according to the politics of each state.

In all South Asian families, the birth of a female infant is celebrated less joyously than that of a male. In spite of government family planning efforts, as in India from the 1960s, most Muslim families are unconvinced about birth control methods. The preference for son…

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Kumar, Nita, “Family Relations: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0077c>
First published online: 2009

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