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Religious Associations: The Caucasus
(902 words)

This entry explores the different kinds of religious associations that Muslim women in the Caucasus are affiliated with, the purposes of these, and women's reasons for joining them.

Traditionally a majority of the peoples in the northern Caucasus are Sunni Muslims, or belong to one of the major Sufi brotherhoods: Qadiriyya and Naqshbandiyya. There are cases where both Qadiriyya and Naqshbandiyya have accepted women as members, but…

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Bedford, Sofie, “Religious Associations: The Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_00367>
First published online: 2009

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