An irreversible transformation is taking place in the lives of many thousands of university educated professional women in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Drawing on eight years' participative research and extensive secondary sources, Nick Forster introduces the first extensive study to document this development in the Middle East. This book documents the emerging economic and political power of women, and how they are beginning to challenge ancient and deeply-held beliefs about the 'correct' roles of men and women in conservative Islamic societies, and in public and private sector organisations. It also describes the vital role that women could play in the economic development and diversification of these countries, and the broader MENA region, in the future. It is an essential read for professionals, scholars and students, in fields as diverse as economic development, international management, gender studies, and Middle Eastern studies.Read more
- Provides a level of detailed analysis not available in other books published in the West about the changing aspirations and worldviews of educated women and men in the Middle East
- Provides a clearer understanding of how culture and religion shape assumptions about the legal and social rights of women in different Islamic societies, and in business leadership and management roles in countries in the MENA region
- The first book to describe the economic and social effects of the entry of large numbers of university educated women into the labour markets of the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Oman during the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s
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'A Quiet Revolution? is a great book for researchers, professionals and students of Middle East economy, policy, culture, and society … The author refers to the phenomenon taking place in three Gulf states - the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Oman - as an irreversible transformation in the lives of university-educated professional women in those countries. I cannot agree more … Forster's coverage of that phenomenon is deep and relevant. The book also outlines the fundamental role women are playing and the value they could add if afforded the opportunity to do more for their economies/countries.' Zeinab Karake, The Middle East Journal
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- Date Published: September 2017
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316507780
- length: 622 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 150 x 31 mm
- weight: 0.87kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The contemporary Middle East and North Africa
2. The United Arab Emirates
3. The experiences of women in public and private sector organisations in the UAE
4. The Sultanate of Oman
5. The experiences of women in public and private sector organisations in Oman
6. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
7. The experiences of women in public and private sector organisations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
8. The economic rationale and business case for increasing the participation of women in the labour markets of the Gulf States and the MENA region
9. Creating a level playing field for women in private and public sector organisations in the Gulf States and the MENA region.
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