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Women and Globalization in the Arab Middle East: Gender, Economy, and Society

Eleanor Abdella Doumato and Marsha Pripstein Posusney, editors
Women and Globalization in the Arab Middle East: Gender, Economy, and Society
ISBN: 978-1-58826-110-6
ISBN: 978-1-58826-134-2
2003/297 pages/LC: 2002073941

"Doumato and Posusney ask an important question: Why does gender analysis lie at the core of any exploration of globalization and Islam? They, then, proceed to answer it in ways that are both sophisticated and clear."—Fauzia E. Ahmed, Feminist Economics


This original work assesses the impact of globalization on women in Middle Eastern societies. To explore the gendered effects of social change, the authors examine trends within, as well as among, states in the region.

Detailed case studies reveal the mixed results of global pressures. For some women, for example, globalization has meant increased access to education and employment; for others, it has resulted in heightened repression under ideologically conservative regimes. The authors' nuanced analyses document how women's responses to these changes are affecting the future of the Middle East.


Eleanor Abdella Doumato is a visiting scholar at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. She is author of Getting God's Ear: Women, Islam, and Healing in Saudi Arabia and the GulfThe late Marsha Pripstein Posusney was professor of political science at Bryant University and adjunct professor of international relations at the Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University. Her publications included Labor and the State in Egypt, winner of the Hourani prize, and Women and Globalization in the Arab Middle East (coedited with Eleanor Doumato).


  • Introduction: The Mixed Blessing of Globalization—the Editors.
  • Arab Economies and Globalization: An Overview—K. Pfeifer and M.P. Posusney.
  • Women in the MENA Labor Market: An Eclectic Survey—Z. Tzannatos and I. Kaur.
  • Reexamining the Fertility Puzzle in the MENA—J. Olmsted.
  • Egypt: Structural Adjustment and Women's Employment—H. Nassar. Gender and Employment: Egypt in Comparative Perspective—R. Assaad.
  • Jordan: Women and the Struggle for Political Opening—L.A. Brand.
  • Women in Tunisia: Between State Feminism and Economic Reform—E.C. Murphy.
  • Sudanese Women in National Service, Militias, and the Home—S. Hale.
  • Kuwait: Sex, Violence, and the Politics of Economic Restructuring—M.A. Tetreault.
  • Education in Saudi Arabai: Gender, Jobs, and the Price of Religion—E.A. Doumato.
  • Epilogue—the Editors.