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Kinship, Idiomatic: Afghanistan
(605 words)

The study of any aspect of women in Afghanistan poses two important constraints. First, there are no reliable data about the population of women or any substantial sociopolitical studies of women covering the whole spectrum of ethnic, tribal, and religious groups in the country. Second, there are some 17 ethnic groups in the country, whose customs and traditions regarding gender role and kinship relations differ widely, making a generalization about “Afghan women” arduous and onerous to substantiate.

This entry concentrates on the rural women of the majority Pashtuns in …

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Misdaq, Nabi, “Kinship, Idiomatic: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0101a>
First published online: 2009

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