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Stereotypes: Afghanistan
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Afghan women remain at the crossroads of different kinds of stereotyping. The sex/gender system practiced exemplifies “ineluctable patriarchy” and necessitates that young girls marry into large families, gain respect primarily by bearing sons, and later in life obtain power as mothers-in-law. Seclusion of women from all males excepting the maḥārim (acceptable male guardians) through a system of purdah (seclusion) is widely practiced while most women are required to wear a burqaʿ (veil) in public. This kind of seclusion is regarded as crucial to the family's honor and pride. Afgh…

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Basuroy, Arpita, “Stereotypes: Afghanistan”, 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_0148a>
First published online: 2009

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