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Household Division of Labor: Southeast Asia
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Islamic teachings on gender roles

The conjugal relationship is marked by rights and duties since Muslim marriage is a contract. By Islamic law, a man is contractually obliged to provide lodging, clothing, food, and general care for his wife according to his means: “Lodge them where you are lodging, according to your means, and do not press them, so as to straiten their circumsta…

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Devasahayam, Theresa W., “Household Division of Labor: Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0089d>
First published online: 2009

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