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Space: Female Space: North Africa
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Social space in North Africa is usually gendered, meaning that most locations carry connotations of “male” or “female” depending on how a space is used and by whom. The gendered quality of a space may change throughout the course of a day and vary greatly from urban to rural areas. Spaces are gender segregated, both formally and informally, in order to avoid the mixing of unrelated men and women, though with women's increased presence in formerly “male” spaces such as the educational system or t…

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Newcomb, Rachel, “Space: Female Space: North Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0281e>
First published online: 2009

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