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The Arab State and Women's Rights The Trap of Authoritarian Governance by Elham (University of Zurich, Switzerland) Manea

The Arab State and Women's Rights The Trap of Authoritarian Governance


Part of the Routledge Studies in Middle Eastern Politics Series


The Arab State and Women's Rights The Trap of Authoritarian Governance by Elham (University of Zurich, Switzerland) Manea

Researchers studying gender politics in Arab societies have been puzzled by a phenomenon common in many Arab states - while women are granted suffrage rights, they are often discriminated against by the state in their private lives. This book addresses this phenomenon, maintaining that the Arab state functions according to a certain 'logic' and 'patterns' which have direct consequences on its gender policies, in both the public and private spheres. Using the features of the Arab Authoritarian state as a basis for a theoretical framework of analysis, the author draws on detailed fieldwork and first-hand interviews to study women's rights in three countries - Yemen, Syria, and Kuwait. She argues that the puzzle may be resolved once we focus on the features of the Arab state, and its stage of development. Offering a new approach to the study of gender and politics in Arab states, this book will be of great interest to scholars and students of gender studies, international politics and Middle East studies.

About the Author

Elham Manea is a Fulbright scholar working as an Associate Professor at the Political Science Institute at the University of Zurich, and is a consultant for Swiss government agencies and international and human rights organizations. Her research interests include gender and politics in Arab states, democratization and civil society in the Middle East, and politics of the Arabian Peninsula.

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Publication date

2nd June 2011


Elham (University of Zurich, Switzerland) Manea

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


256 pages


Politics & government
Gender studies, gender groups



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