Segregation of women in Islamic societies of South Asia and its reflection in rural housing : case study in Bangladesh
Author(s)Chowdhury, Tasneem A., 1954-
KeywordsHousing, Rural -- South Asia.
Housing, Rural -- Bangladesh
Muslim women -- South Asia -- Social conditions.
Muslim women -- South Asia -- Economic conditions.
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AbstractIn Islamic societies, religion plays a significant role in shaping the home and the environment. An important feature of the Islamic culture is the segregation of women from males other than next of kin. This aspect has given rise to the separation of domains for men and women, both in the home and the neighbourhood. And this duality of space in turn reinforces the seclusion and segregation of women.
This thesis studies this phenomenon in rural settlements in South Asia in regions where Muslims predominate and also in non-Muslim areas influenced by centuries of Muslim rule. The living patterns of rural women and how they use and perceive their local space formed the focus of the study.
A field study was undertaken in a rural community in Bangladesh. Gender segregation norms and the resulting spatial organization of dwellings of different socio-economic groups were studied and compared. An important premise of the study is how the poor manage to integrate their faith and Islamic customs in their living environment.
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation