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History: East, South, and Southeast Asia

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Author(s): Hooker, Virginia Matheson
This essay provides an overview of sources and methodologies for the study of the history of women in Muslim societies in Southeast and South Asia (SESA) where the majority of Muslim women outside the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) live. Some reference will also be made to the history of Muslim women in China. As will be described below, history has not been the primary discipline for researchers on Muslim women in these regions, although many writings using other disciplines provide some historical context for their studies. To date, there has been little direct debate about …