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Religious Practices: Ablution and Purification: Prayer, Fasting, and Piety: Central Arab States and Egypt
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In the central Arab states and Egypt, it is commonly believed that women are more likely to be pious than men and, indeed, this appears to be the case. Women have fewer opportunities for learning and status than men; religious practice is one of the few blameless means through which women can pursue such accomplishments. This is the case because most people in the central Arab states and Egypt are predisposed to view activities undertaken for religious reasons positively, even when they might co…

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Kaya, Laura Pearl, “Religious Practices: Ablution and Purification: Prayer, Fasting, and Piety: Central Arab States and Egypt”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICSIM_0643>
First published online: 2010



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