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Modesty Discourses: South Asia
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The material form of Muslim women's modesty in South Asia, appearance, is frequently defined and described politically with respect to powerful cultural Indian and Islamic influences on dress (Tarlo 1996). Though Muslim women living in Bangladesh, India, Kashmir, and Pakistan share a similar regional socioeconomic and geopolitical history their “Muslimness” is often juxtaposed with the Hindu religion, the predominant religion of India. Since the partition of India, Muslim women's identity in nat…

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Daly, Mary-Catherine, “Modesty Discourses: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0118e>
First published online: 2009

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