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Reproduction: Infertility: South Asia
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Childbearing is seen in most South Asian societies as central to family life, and indeed critical to the functioning and well-being of the family and its members within society. For women it helps define their position within the family and society. As such, infertility challenges women's very identity and can lead to very considerable hardship. In terms of comparative analysis in this regard South Asian women of different religious backgrounds share more in common than they differ.

In this entry infertility refers to the inability to bear live children. The medical prof…

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Caldwell, Bruce, “Reproduction: Infertility: South Asia”, 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_0192b>
First published online: 2009

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