Purdah: Separate Worlds and Symbolic Shelter

  title={Purdah: Separate Worlds and Symbolic Shelter},
  author={Hanna Papanek},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={289 - 325}
  • H. Papanek
  • Published 1 June 1973
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
Purdah, meaning curtain, is the word most commonly used for the system of secluding women and enforcing high standards of female modesty in much of South Asia. Purdah is an important part of the life experience of many South Asians, both Muslim and Hindu, and is a central feature of the social systems of the area. The crucial characteristic of the purdah system is its limitation on interaction between women and males outside certain well-defined categories, which differ among Muslims and Hindus… 
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