This book explores how a growing religious discourse is advocating for change in women's employment participation in Arab societies. It provides a historical and cultural overview of women in Arab societies as well as issues of homogeneity and heterogeneity in religion. An emerging group of activists, intellectuals, and religious scholars are rocking the boat of traditional Islamic understanding of the role of women and their economic and social participation, which is rooted in reinterpretations of the religious texts and history. Signs of this change are already seen in some Arab workplaces though with varying degrees of success. This book uncovers a neglected discourse on the status of Arab women that is relevant to students and academics with interest in economics, gender studies, the Middle East, and Islam.
Yusuf M. Sidani is Professor of Leadership and Business Ethics at the Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut. He has contributed to dozens of academic journals, conferences, and professional journals and serves on the steering committee of the WEE project (Women Economic Entrepreneurship Project) in Lebanon.
Chapter 1 - An Obstinate Participation Gap Chapter 2 - What the Qur'an says Chapter 3 - The Critics Chapter 4 - Islamic Discourses Chapter 5 - The Way Forward