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Muslim Women at Work

Religious Discourses in Arab Society


  • Uncovers an emerging dialog which highlights women’s status in the Arab economy

  • Identifies examples of Islamic feminism in practice and successful Arab businesswomen and entrepreneurs

  • Draws conclusions for the future of women in the region and the organizations that employ them


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Yusuf M. Sidani
    Pages 1-5
  3. Yusuf M. Sidani
    Pages 7-27
  4. Yusuf M. Sidani
    Pages 29-48
  5. Yusuf M. Sidani
    Pages 49-71
  6. Yusuf M. Sidani
    Pages 73-99
  7. Yusuf M. Sidani
    Pages 101-117
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 119-123

About this book


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.  


Arab women Arab feminism emerging economies Sunni hanbali Islam hanafi maliki shafi’I gender studies Arab gender gap women in Islam women in the Qur’an female participation in the public sphere Islamic feminism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.American University of BeirutBeirutLebanon

About the authors

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.

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