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Memory, Women, and Community: Caucasus and Central Asia
(1,227 words)

Seven decades of state mandated atheism have not eradicated Muslim identity in Central Asia and the Caucasus because women, who transmit cultural norms and collective identity, are less influenced by cultural diffusion than men. Women, particularly those living outside large urban centers, have been historically less likely than men to have access to secondary education or prolonged exposure to alternative lifestyles than men who are free from social restraints to leave their community in search…

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Giacomuzzi, Andrea, “Memory, Women, and Community: Caucasus and Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0116b>
First published online: 2009

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