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Love: Modern Discourses: Central Asia
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“What do you mean, we Tajiks don't care for our wives? We love them almost every night,” insisted a government official in Dushanbe to an ex-pat UN representative (personal communication from the representative). Central Asian parents also talk of love between spouses, maintaining this will develop after an arranged marriage. Many Central Asian girls, on the other hand, want to marry “for love,” although their male contemporaries may not consider this important. Thus, a young Uzbek interrogated …

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Harris, Colette, “Love: Modern Discourses: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0180b>
First published online: 2009

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