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Science and Local Practices: Central Asia
(1,105 words)

Gender order in Central Asia, as in many other places, has limited women's role predominantly to the household. Local practices and scientific developments occurred in different largely non-overlapping spaces: one for men and another for women. Women's role in the development of science was not acknowledged.


There are no known works by women, even quite experienced practitioners, from the medieval period and later. Even the registry of professions was limited strictly to men. However, t…

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Azimova, Dinora, “Science and Local Practices: Central 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_00384>
First published online: 2009

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