Zenana (Persian/Urdu: , Hindi) refers to the part of a house in South Asian countries such as India and Pakistan reserved for the women of the household. The Zenana is the apartments of an Eastern house in which the women of the family are secluded. This is an Islamic custom, which has been introduced into India and has spread amongst the Hindus.
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Zenana (n.): The part of a house in Asian countries such as India and Pakistan reserved for the women of the household.
[Hindi zenana, from Persian, from zan, woman; Indo-European roots.]
- The American HeritageÂ® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. S.v. “zenanas.” Retrieved June 26 2007 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/zenanas.
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