Construction of Gender and Gender Ideology

  • Sarwar Alam


This chapter discusses the construction of gender in Chandhara. It also reflects the informants’ understanding of masculinity and femininity and the relationship of these notions with power and prestige. In this chapter, readers will find a clear difference between the textual versions of some aspects of Islamic religious tradition with those of the oral versions, and how both of these versions affect the daily lives of the rural people, especially rural women. The roles of myths, rituals, beliefs, and other practices, such as marriage, funeral, and prayers are also discussed in this chapter. It also analyzes how women’s and men’s discourses on the construction of gender differ. It argues that religious discourses and practices in many ways help rural women increase their status in the family and community, and at the same time, decrease their position and bargaining capacity.


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  • Sarwar Alam
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  1. 1.King Fahd Center for Middle East StudiesUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA

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