Rituals and Challenges regarding Women in Ex-Fata Areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


  • Dr. Naseem Akhter Associate Professor, Department of Islamic Studies, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar
  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hammad Lakhvi Dean, Faculty of Islamic Studies, University of the Punjab, Lahore
  • Dr. Arshad Munir Professor/Chairperson, Department of Islamic Studies, Ghazi University, Dera Ghazi Khan




Women, Rituals, Islamic teachings, Ex-Fata Areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa


A look into the relationship between rituals and barriers faced by women in what used to be known as Federally Administered Tribal Areas FATA of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) from an Islamic view is investigated under this study. The research is based on certain socio-cultural practices that mark what it means to be a woman residing in this part of the globe and also attempts at understanding how these cultural customs transform women’s everyday life. Additionally, the analysis shows various issues women face in these areas ranging from social-economic problems to education disparities and poor health provision. From the perspective of Islamic teachings, these challenges are critically analyzed revealing how religious principles interface with local practices and can impact women’s status and welfare.

This study using the analysis of rituals and challenges intends to offer a subtle understanding about how some aspects can be taken related for women in ex-FATA regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The study also explores potential approaches to women's empowerment from the perspective of Islamic principles in order to offer helpful advice to researchers, practitioners, and policy makers working to advance gender equity and development in this area.


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