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Race, Gender, and Difference: Oman, The Gulf, and Yemen
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The difficulty with describing the intersection of race and gender in the Gulf is that it is sometimes argued either that there is no established notion of “race” – as a claim about biological type – in the Gulf or that even if there is a notion of biological race, it is not as significant as patrilineal descent, ethnicity, religion, class, or caste. Indeed, the term jins (often used for race, gender, or nationality) simply means “type” and can be as much about biology as culture. Similarly, the highly diverse nature of Gulf societies, a result of historical a…

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Limbert, Mandana, “Race, Gender, and Difference: Oman, The Gulf, and Yemen”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00365c>
First published online: 2009

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