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


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 tell only of conquering “Muslim armies,” forcible conversions, and gentle…

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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 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0100c>
First published online: 2009

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