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Simon Szreter, Hania Sholkamy, and A. Dharmalingam

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270576

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2004

DOI: 10.1093/0199270570.001.0001

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Gender Roles and Women's Status: What They Mean to Hausa Muslim Women in Northern Nigeria

Gender Roles and Women's Status: What They Mean to Hausa Muslim Women in Northern Nigeria

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(p.276) 15 Gender Roles and Women's Status: What They Mean to Hausa Muslim Women in Northern Nigeria
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Elisha P. Renne

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199270570.003.0015

Compares characteristics associated with women's status commonly used in demographic surveys with women's status, matsayi mace, as it is defined by a group of Hausa Moslem women in the northern Nigerian town of Zaria. Their assessments of appropriate gender roles and what constitutes ‘women's status’, which include the importance of respectability, mutunci, and seclusion, suggest that while distinctive cultural ideas and religious beliefs are essential in framing these definitions, there is no necessary congruence with the conventional ‘social indicators’, such as women's education and work, used in standardized surveys.

Keywords:   gender ideology, Hausa, Islam, northern Nigeria, respectability, seclusion, women's education, women's status, women's work

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