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Religious Associations: Iran and Afghanistan
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This entry introduces the historical and contemporary developments of women's religious gatherings and associations in Iran and Afghanistan. It presents the ways in which national and Islamic state led projects and movements, at different historical moments, have shaped voluntary associational life in both locations. While considering the unintended consequences of state led approaches to associational life, attention is also paid to the interrelationship and levels of cooperation between inform…

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Spellman, Kathryn, “Religious Associations: Iran and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 22 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0142b>
First published online: 2009



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