Womanhood, dignity and faith - Reflections on an Islamic woman's life story

Ozdalga, E
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E. Ozdalga, “Womanhood, dignity and faith - Reflections on an Islamic woman’s life story,” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF WOMENS STUDIES, pp. 473–498, 1997, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/63365.