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Gender Socialization: South Asia
(1,591 words)

Muslims came to the Indian subcontinent in the eighth century and established trading relations between India and Arabia. Nearly a century later Muslim warriors from across its northern borders, including Afghans, Persians, and Turks invaded India and established political hegemony. The Muslim population in India grew both through conversion of Hindus to Islam and intermarriage with local women, as the invading armies did not bring their wives along with them. The Muslim population of India is t…

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Bhatty, Zarina, “Gender Socialization: South 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_0083d>
First published online: 2009

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