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Hospitality: Iran, Afghanistan, and South Asia
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Hospitality is an extremely significant part of Muslim culture. The obligation to give hospitality confers status and honor on the host. Religious gatherings, and life cycle rituals for engagements, weddings, births, and mourning all entail hospitality. Until recent decades, such occasions and even political and economic meetings took place in homes, as did visiting and socializing. People rarely ate in restaurants. Restaurant food served only the needs of travelers and working people. Some men frequent tea and coffee houses or kabābī s and simple roadside food providers. By…

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Hegland, Mary Elaine, “Hospitality: Iran, Afghanistan, and 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_0088c>
First published online: 2009

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