The Changing Roles of Armenian Women in New Julfa

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In this fascinating snapshot of history, Dr. Houri Berberian explains how the Armenian women of New Julfa came to dominate household finances in early modern Iran. The Armenians of New Julfa were a predominantly wealthy mercantile community with large commercial trade networks that spanned the globe. While the men traveled on trade routes for prolonged periods of time, the women who stayed behind took on traditionally male roles and functions and became heads of household in a society where most women were otherwise confined to more narrowly defined gender roles.