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Virginity: Eastern Europe
(1,409 words)

Virginity and women's honor are highly valued throughout much of Eastern Europe, but expressed in culturally specific ways continually changing over time. The influence of generation and class differences, globalization, and especially the vagaries of war, atrocity, and political upheaval have scrambled any pretence of homogeneity, especially in Muslim communities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Albania. There is significant national, regional, rural–urban, and socioeconomic diversity among M…

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Young, Kathleen, “Virginity: Eastern Europe”, 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_0209d>
First published online: 2009

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