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Religious Practices: Ablution, Purification, Prayer, Fasting, and Piety: Gulf
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In the Arab Gulf countries, cultural norms regarding women's expressions of piety are guided by the principle that Islam requires the same fundamental duties of both women and men. However, certain biological characteristics unique to women, in particular their menstrual cycle and the physi cal requirements of childbirth and breastfeeding, inflect the way that women fulfill their religious duties of ablution and purification, prayer, and fasting. In addition, cultural and religious norms regarding women's use of public space influence the places where women pray.

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Wynn, Lisa, “Religious Practices: Ablution, Purification, Prayer, Fasting, and Piety: Gulf”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 26 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0610b>
First published online: 2009



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