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Political-Social Movements: Protest Movements: Purdah in South Asia
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The issue of purdah (literally “curtain,” limiting interaction between men and women outside well defined categories, see Papanek 1982, 194) became central to the effort of the women's movement in India in the early twentieth century. It was viewed as the one custom most responsible for confining Hindu and Muslim women to their traditional domestic roles. Women's protest against purdah provided a commonality of interests that appeared to supersede communal differences and furthered cooperation o…

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Lateef, Shahida, “Political-Social Movements: Protest Movements: Purdah in South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 19 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0134g>
First published online: 2009



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