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Space: Domestic: Yemen
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Yemeni houses are ordinarily inhabited by patrilocal extended families comprising three to four generations, and have separate entrances for men and women. Married couples occupy a floor or room in the house. The allocation of space fluctuates over time as women marry in and out, and the hierarchization of needs and rights, which is congruent with patterns of dominance and power, is reflected in it. The domestic domain has a firm place in economic and political history.

For the majority of women the domestic space is where their lives are spent. Their main tasks center o…

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vom Bruck, Gabriele, “Space: Domestic: Yemen”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 01 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0280g>
First published online: 2009

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