Islamic states struggle to modernize and, in some cases, democratize, the issue of women's rights continues to elicit strong feelings and controversy and there are many paradoxes surrounding the idea of Islamic Feminism. Why are conservative Islamists winning elections? Why are educated and professional Muslim women still choosing to wear the veil? Many of the populist revolutions we are witnessing in the Middle East focus on the legitimate grievances of marginalized groups and populations. This book highlights the voices of cultural elites in the oil-rich State of Kuwait, where a modern suffrage movement culminated in giving women their political rights in 2005. The result is a new brand of feminism, one born out of a traditional and culturally conservative climate, which gives Islamic Feminists in Kuwait the edge they need to soar to new heights.
Price Point: The Economics of Cultural Change and Female Employment in Saudi Arabia
Women’s mass entry into the labor force has been one of the great advances of the twentieth century. Yet the practice of a woman working outside the home in Saudi Arabia went from illicit to licit practically overnight when the Saudi government issued its transformational economic program Vision 2030 in 2016. Employers responded by institutionalizing investments to move women into employee and managerial roles. High school and university graduates raised their expectations for a career after graduation. Malls with women-only floors emptied, and the roads filled with women behind the wheel.
In progress; book-length manuscript under contract with Princeton University Press.