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Networks: South Asia
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Visiting each other during the day, when husbands and children are at work and school, is a common practice for housewives of urban upper-middle classes in contemporary South Asia. In fact, this practice dates back many generations, and was prominent amongst the women of the Muslim intelligentsia in pre-partition India as well, as referenced in many women's novels of the time, such as those by Mastoor (1952), Fatima (1993), Shahnawaz (1957) or Chughtai (1995). Here, as in contemporary urban life…

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Afzal-Khan, Fawzia, “Networks: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 03 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0122c>
First published online: 2009

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