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Kinship and State: Arab States
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Although the Arab world is geographically vast and features considerable sociocultural diversity, its peoples have in common patrilineal kinship, a way of organizing kin relations that places emphasis on agnatic descent groups. Patrilineages have long formed the basis for other modes of social organization, including the tribe and the state (Khoury and Kostiner 1990). They may have been preceded by matri…

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King, Diane E., “Kinship and State: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0102a>
First published online: 2009

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