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Improving Educational Gender Equality in Religious Societies

Human Rights and Modernization Pre-Arab Spring


  • Examines the association between religiously conservative and less conservative constitutions and gender equality in education

  • Explores whether modernization factors can lower the negative impact of religious conservativeness in education

  • Uses a new comparative text-based approach inspired by the values of thinkers like Daniel Lerner and Ronald Inglehart


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Sumaia A. Al-Kohlani
    Pages 1-41
  3. Sumaia A. Al-Kohlani
    Pages 43-65
  4. Sumaia A. Al-Kohlani
    Pages 67-87
  5. Sumaia A. Al-Kohlani
    Pages 89-122
  6. Sumaia A. Al-Kohlani
    Pages 123-154
  7. Sumaia A. Al-Kohlani
    Pages 155-162
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 163-195

About this book


In this book, Al-Kohlani examines fifty-five Muslim and non-Muslim countries from 1960 to 2010 in response to “religious theory” that associates certain religions with gender inequality and “modernization theory” which downplays the role of religion on gender inequity and associates gender inequality with socioeconomic factors. The author explores both schools of thought and posits that, on average, Muslim countries have lower educational equality in comparison to non-Muslim countries with less religious constitution. An interdisciplinary study drawn from the fields of world politics, public policy in education, and political religion, this book responds not only to debates within academia, but also to larger debates in society about the role of religion in the state, the specific challenges of the relationship of Islam and the public policies, and the relationship between constitution and gender equality.


Arab Spring religion and education gender and education economic development enrollment religious and modernization theory

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.United Arab Emirates University (UAEU)Al AinUnited Arab Emirates

About the authors

Sumaia A. Al-Kohlani is Assistant Professor of Political Science at United Arab Emirates University, UAE 

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