Women's roles in the Middle East and North Africa /

This volume provides an overview of women's roles in the Middle East and North Africa from the advent of Islam to the present. Many people would be surprised to know that women assumed combat roles during the time of the Prophet Muhammad and are even credited with saving Muhammad's life....

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Main Author: Beitler, Ruth Margolies, 1966-
Other Authors: Martinez, Angelica R.
Language:English
Series:Women's roles through history.
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Summary:This volume provides an overview of women's roles in the Middle East and North Africa from the advent of Islam to the present. Many people would be surprised to know that women assumed combat roles during the time of the Prophet Muhammad and are even credited with saving Muhammad's life. Less surprising is the fact that, today, women in the Middle East make up only 28 percent of the labor force, considerably lower than other regions. Yet, a new and fascinating picture of these women is emerging. Recent research shows that women in the Middle East and North Africa have played much larger roles in society than previously acknowledged. This book explores these roles from both historical and contemporary perspectives, describing and analyzing the lives of women in the regions from the advent of Islam through contemporary times. The book begins with an introduction that examines the pre-Islamic Middle East and North Africa. The balance of the chapters are organized thematically and provide detailed country studies for 19 nations. Chapters discuss work, law, religion, family, politics, and culture, exploring the changes women have undergone over a period of roughly 1,500 years.
Physical Description:xxxviii, 225 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Published: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood Press, [2010]
ISBN:9780313362408 (alk. paper)
0313362408 (alk. paper)
9780313362415 (ebook)
0313362416 (ebook)

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