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Chapter 11: Women's Agency in Muslim Society
Women's Agency in Muslim Society
When God wants to do it, it is done; when a khaza (woman/wife) wants to do it, it is also done (Che Khde a kai, agha keegee; che khaza a kai, agha keegee) (stated by wet nurse Sheereena dai [aged over 70 in 2001]).1
Bismillah ar Rahman ar Rahim. In the Muslim social world, everything ideally begins with these words, the beginning of a journey, a marriage, the bathing of the dead, and the various such gham-khādi events of life, including life itself. This chapter examines Muslim women's agency within the context of Pukhtun life-cycle events, called gham-khādi. It argues that for too long Muslim women have generally been slotted in the following equation: domestic female = ...