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Public/Private Dichotomy: Overview
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Gender distinctions in Muslim societies have often been approached through a clear dichotomy between the public (equated with men) and the private (equated with women) domains. Corresponding to this split is a whole set of oppositions such as male/female, honor/shame, outside/inside, active/passive, powerful/powerless, superior/inferior, and visible/invisible. While these oppositions have been espe…

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Ghannam, Farha, “Public/Private Dichotomy: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0139>
First published online: 2009

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