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Household Division of Labor: Sub-Saharan Africa
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The gendered division of labor within the family in societies in Sub-Saharan Africa is a consequence of the particular historical conditions under which family structures emerge and the ways in which family relations are constantly renegotiated.


Islam is practiced today by the majority of men and women in Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Gambia, Guinea, Chad, Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and the Comoro Islands. Additionally, Islam is an import…

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Buggenhagen, Beth Anne, “Household Division of Labor: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 20 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0089e>
First published online: 2009

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