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The Saddam Hussein Phenomenon and Male-Female Relations in the Arab World

  • Ghada Karmi
Part of the Women’s Studies at York Series book series (WSYS)

Abstract

This chapter was written in the wake of the most cataclysmic event to strike the Middle East since the Arab-Israeli war of 1967: the Gulf war of January 1991. At first glance, any connection between this enormous military and political upheaval and the position of women in the Arab world may seem tenuous, to say the least, but I hope to put forward a thesis which shows that the two situations are intimately connected and, indeed, causally linked. Moreover, I would argue that if these links are not explored and adequately addressed, the region is heading for another similar catastrophe, in kind if not in magnitude.

Keywords

Middle East Arab World Child Custody Arab Society Patriarchal Structure 
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Notes

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© Haleh Afshar 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ghada Karmi
    • 1
  1. 1.Near and Middle Eastern StudiesSchool of Oriental and African StudiesUK

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