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Laboring Practices: Southeast Asia
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The relatively high level of economic activity of women in Southeast Asia is invariably contrasted with women's low level of engagement in work outside the home in the predominantly Muslim societies of the Middle East. Although mainstream Islamic teachings do not forbid work outside the home, many Muslims believe that women's main focus must be on caring for thei…

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Ford, Michele, “Laboring Practices: Southeast Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0655>
First published online: 2010

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