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Aging: Iran and Afghanistan
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In Iran and Afghanistan, females generally acquired more power and influence as time went on after marriage and children. From being a relatively powerless girl in her father's household to a relatively powerless young bride, a female gained status as she bore and raised children. When her sons and daughters married, she acquired daughters-in-law, grandchildren, and wider social ties. With years spent in her husband's household caring for him and their children, a mother might gain her husband's trust and affection.

Ideally in Iran, and even more so in Afghanistan, older pa…

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Hegland, Mary Elaine, “Aging: Iran and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0156d>
First published online: 2009



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