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Friendship: Caucasus and Central Asia
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Among the values preserved by the various ethnic groups living in the Caucasus and Central Asia are the maintenance of gendered space and the concept of family honor. Women maintain family reputation and honor by demurely staying in the background and exercising restraint. This often means that women's friendships are primarily forged within the extended family structure, as women of conservative Muslim and Orthodox Christian families traditionally were/are enjoined not to socialize with those unrelated to them. While conservat…

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Giacomuzzi, Andrea, “Friendship: Caucasus and Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0082b>
First published online: 2009

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