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Space: Mosques: Caucasus
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This entry examines how in the Caucasus the mosque is considered a public place of worship whereas shrines tend to be private. This means women are more frequent visitors to the latter.

The Soviet heritage influences today's religious situation in the Caucasus at the institutional level, but can also be seen in attitudes and informal practices. The Communist regime was brusquely atheist, but at times, when it was considered necessary, religious activities were allowed albeit under strict control. One important step in the Sovi…

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Bedford, Sofie, “Space: Mosques: Caucasus”, 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_0284b>
First published online: 2009



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