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Funerary Practices: Central Asia
(939 words)

Funerary rituals in Central Asia constitute an important symbolic context in which notions of feminine and masculine agencies and moral authority compete at both the communal and state levels. Women's autonomy in funerary and mourning rituals appears greater in the more Islamicized, sedentary areas than in the nomadic areas of Central Asia. More recently, in the post-Soviet period, women have come to be seen as upholders of the traditional funerary culture since these rituals had been neglected …

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Perrin-Wagner, Hélène, “Funerary Practices: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0168a>
First published online: 2009

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