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Representations: Poetry, Modern: Central Asia
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Poetry has been a popular literary vehicle in the cultural life of Central Asia through which images of women, gender, and sexuality have been created and transmitted. It has also provided an arena in which these images have been contested and subverted, as well as imposed, especially during the modern period.

Despite the presence of a wide diversity of themes in most Central Asian poetic traditions, lyrical love poetry, whether written in its classical “courtly” poetic forms such as ghazal, rubai, mukhamma, or in the form of folk songs and poetry such as qoshiq in Uzbek and aydim in Turkme…

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Kiliç-Schubel, Nurten, “Representations: Poetry, Modern: Central Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0632b>
First published online: 2009

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