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Political Parties and Participation: South Asia
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South Asia is home to over 400 million of the world's Muslim population of whom the majority reside in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan. While Bangladesh and Pakistan have elected women prime ministers, a survey of the national political scene in these three countries indicates limited participation by women in the political process.

In Bangladesh, even though the heads of the two major parties (Awam…

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Ratan, Sudha, “Political Parties and Participation: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0125g>
First published online: 2009

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