Word of the Week

I ran across this word while reading Dervla Murphy’s Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle.

purdah:  seclusion of women from public observation among Muslims and some Hindus especially in India (Merriam-Webster).

I was surprised to learn that purdah isn’t only an Islamic practice and it predates ISIS, the Taliban.


“Purdah.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/purdah. Accessed 7 Jun. 2021.

“Purdah.” Wikipedia.org, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purdah. Accessed 7 Jun. 2021.

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