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Women’s Employment in Muslim Countries

Patterns of Diversity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Background

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Niels Spierings
      Pages 3-17
    3. Niels Spierings
      Pages 18-38
  3. A New Perspective on Existing Explanations

  4. New Issues in Women’s Employment

  5. Conclusions and Discussions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Niels Spierings
      Pages 223-242
    3. Niels Spierings
      Pages 243-253
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 254-291

About this book


This book presents a new and nuanced exploration of the position of women in Muslim countries, based on research involving more than 300,000 women in 28 Muslim countries. It addresses topical debates on the role of Islam, modernization, globalization, neocolonialism, educational inequalities, patriarchy, household hierarchies, and more.


Women's employment Islam Muslim Middle East Globalization Modernization Complexity theory Context-dependency Life course Diversity Patriarchy Educational participation Labour market participation Economic development Africa Central Asia Southeast Asia Sharia Khadija Empowerment education Figuration globalization Hierarchie labor market Nation participation politics violence women

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Radboud UniversityThe Netherlands

About the authors

Niels Spierings is Assistant Professor in Sociology at Radboud University and previously worked at the London School of Economics and the University of Essex. His specializations are in political and gender sociology, and research methodology and he publishes on Islam, democratization, women's participation, populism, gender equality, and migration.

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