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Memory, Women, and Community: Afghanistan
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With overall literacy presently estimated at no more than 25 percent and rural female literacy in single digits, Afghanistan has had an oral culture. People maintain everyday information, community historical memory, and entertainment “literature” in memory and share it face to face. Afghan women are vigorous custodians and important icons of memory in the construction of social identity and values.

As agents of memory, women participate in divisions of cultural labor whereby different persons (distinguished by age, gender, class, ethnicity, location, ed…

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Mills, Margaret A., “Memory, Women, and Community: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0116a>
First published online: 2009

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