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Matrilineal Inheritance in East Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucasus

May 2024

A faceted red gem sparkles against a black background
Photo by Joshua Fuller on Unsplash

Inheritance has historically been the privilege of men, passed from father to son and validated by name and fortune. With little sentimentality, the four stories collected here—by writers from Azerbaijan, Croatia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan—reveal the less obvious objects, qualities, and complexes imparted by matriarchs to their loved ones, and the tremors of matrilineal inheritance felt through generations. 

Image of a pair of golden crescent-shaped earrings
Metropolitan Museum of Art, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons