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Funerary Practices: Iran and Afghanistan
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Funerary rituals and mourning for the dead span gender and sectarian boundaries. Women traditionally played central roles in the interment customs of all religious groups in Iran and Afghanistan. Despite modernity, many of those traditional roles still persist in the fourteenth century a.h./twenty-first century c.e.


When a Muslim dies, his or her body is purified by washing. The ghusl (full ritual bath) is traditionally performed by a Muslim of the same gender as…

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Choksy, Jamsheed K., “Funerary Practices: Iran and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0168b>
First published online: 2009

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