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Stereotypes: South Asia
(1,577 words)

Stereotypes either depict Muslim women as exotic, oppressed, and almost totally enslaved by men in Islam, or as defending the virtues of Islam and the status and rights accorded to women. Both these stereotyped approaches must be avoided as they are apologetic and hardly take into account contemporary problems in society or women's position from a gender perspective within a historical context. Women's position is determined more by sociocultural practices, political interests, and current reali…

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Hussain, Sabiha J., “Stereotypes: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0148c>
First published online: 2009

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