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Modesty Discourses: Iran and Afghanistan
(1,166 words)

In Afghanistan and Iran contemporary Muslim women live under restrictive civil/secular and Islamic Sharīʿa law that regulates their appearance. They struggle to define themselves, their social hierarchy, status, and modesty in economic, political, and religious spheres of influence when and where their appearance is regulated. The two countries share a geographic border and links to a Persian historical and linguistic past. There are seemingly many shared similarities as well as differences that…

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Daly, Mary-Catherine, “Modesty Discourses: Iran and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0118c>
First published online: 2009

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