What is the significant of learning that Khanum Taheri no longer sang after her marriage? What does this reveal about Afghan attitudes about women and marriage?
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Khaled Hosseini uses this as an indictment on the subjugation of women as a cultural practice. Islamic culture is largely patriarchal. Khanum Taheri used to love singing in her youth. After marriage, her husband tells her to stop and she must obey him. She loses her sense of self and identity. She must conform to a husband that sees her little more than property that must serve him.