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Population Planning and Policies: South Asia
(1,745 words)


The populations of Pakistan and Bangladesh, and a significant minority of the population of India, comprise almost a quarter of the total 1.7 billion Muslim population of the world. The social and demographic characteristics of Muslim communities in these countries are similar in many ways: they are patriarchal, patrilineal, patrilocal, rural, and poor. Wide gender disparities exist in terms …

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Sathar, Zeba and Faizunissa, Azeema, “Population Planning and Policies: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0186e>
First published online: 2009

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