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Family Relations: United States
(3,160 words)

The family is the major social institution in the Muslim world, as well as among Muslim Americans. Other institutions, political, religious, and social, may compete for importance, but seldom succeed. Women play an extremely important role in the family, but males have privilege through a kinship system of patrilineality, …

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Aswad, Barbara C., “Family Relations: United States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0077f>
First published online: 2009

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