Kinship, Descent Systems and State: South Asia
(5,475 words)

Introduction

Officially, Islam entered South Asia in 712 C.E., with the conquest of Sindh by an Arab general, but the rise of Islam in Arabia impacted South Asia much earlier, since trade in the Indian Ocean area had existed since prehistoric times. Much of this impact was mediated by women – a fact largely ignored by history books that …

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Rao, Aparna, “Kinship, Descent Systems and State: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 20 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0100c>
First published online: 2009



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