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Sexualities: Practices: Central Asia (Droeber)
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Despite the diversity of cultural, ethnic, and class backgrounds, the rule that sexual activity before marriage is strictly taboo applies to the majority of young people in the former Soviet republics of Central Asia. Numerous mechanisms of control have been developed to ensure that this regulation is abided by and that a young couple marry with their virginities intact. Needless to mention that it is mainly the bride's virginity that is being tested and strictly safeguarded. An obvious breach w…

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Droeber, Julia, “Sexualities: Practices: Central Asia (Droeber)”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0199b>
First published online: 2009

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