Social and Gender Inequality in Oman: The Power of Religious and Political Tradition by Khalid M. Al-Azri | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Social and Gender Inequality in Oman: The Power of Religious and Political Tradition

Social and Gender Inequality in Oman: The Power of Religious and Political Tradition

by Khalid M. Al-Azri
     
 

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Looking at the social, political and legal changes in Oman since 1970, this book challenges the Islamic and tribal traditional cultural norms relating to marriage, divorce and women’s rights which guide social and legal practice in the modern Omani state. The book argues that despite the establishment of legal instruments guaranteeing equality for all

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Looking at the social, political and legal changes in Oman since 1970, this book challenges the Islamic and tribal traditional cultural norms relating to marriage, divorce and women’s rights which guide social and legal practice in the modern Omani state. The book argues that despite the establishment of legal instruments guaranteeing equality for all citizens, the fact that the state depends upon Islamic and tribal elites for its legitimacy invalidates these guarantees in practice. Two particular features of the legal and cultural regulation of marriage and marital rights are focused on - the perceived requirement for kafa’a or equality in marriage between so called high and low socio-economic status peoples is examined, and the institution of talaq, which grants greater rights to men than to women in appeals for divorce. This book addresses highly complex subjects with great rigor, in terms of empirical research and engagement with theory, sociological and political as well as theological and legal. It is an interesting investigation of the divisions of authority between the state, Islam and tribal norms, highlighting barriers to reform in both Oman and wider Islamic society, and advocating the removal of such obstacles.

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"he manages to present the existing state of research on social inequalities in Oman by current examples and opinions for the first time a western critical researchers circle."
Tonia Schüller
sehepunkte journal, sehepunkte 15 (2015), No. 10

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781138816794
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/15/2014
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Khalid M. Al-Azri is a Senior Research Fellow in Gulf Studies at the University of Oxford, Middle East Centre and is a former Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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