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Food Preparation: Central Asia, Iran, and Afghanistan
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The post-Soviet Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan – as well as Afghanistan and Iran share many similarities in their customs, ceremonies, and attitudes toward food. After all, they all share a common Mongol-Persian-Islamic heritage. However, based on interviews with three generations of Kazakh women, this author has come to the conclusion that Kazakh and Kyrgyz attitudes toward gender and food are somewhat different from those of others in the region in that they are significantly less influenced by religion.

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Batmanglij, Najmieh, “Food Preparation: Central Asia, Iran, and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0167d>
First published online: 2009

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