Introduction: Women and Gender in the Middle East: Recognition, Reflection, and Realignment: a Bridgewater State University Conference

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Date: Mar. 2013
Publisher: Bridgewater State College
Document Type: Article
Length: 1,030 words
Lexile Measure: 1510L

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Issues concerning the roles and rights of women in the region of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are not only peculiar, but also have been the subject of research for some time. Nor are researchers and their critiques always free to address the regulations, laws or social and cultural practices that govern and shape their lives. In male-dominated societies such as in the MENA, women find themselves surrounded by others, mostly men of religious, tribal, and traditional power, who have granted themselves the right to think, act, and make decisions on behalf of women in the region. Over the last five decades, these typical practices of controlling have further deepened the lines of segregation between men and women. A prominent issue in denying or undermining the roles and rights of women is ignorance, or simply put, stereotypes and prejudices. It is as if many believe that the "law of God" in the eyes of these extreme conventional authorities could not be implemented, but through the oppression of women. Moreover, these forces advocate the supremacy of myths and traditions over modern social life, science, and the economy. Hence, this special issue focuses on women and gender in the Middle East as one effort among many to intervene on these positions and encourage dialog and liberatory transformation around these issues.

The essays that comprise this issue are inspired by papers that were delivered at the conference, Women and Gender in the Middle East: Recognition, Reflection, and Realignment. The conference was held in June 2012, and was hosted...

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