Women in the Middle East: Tradition and Changeby Ramsay M. Harik, Elsa Marston
Images of Middle Eastern women that come to mind are typically of repressed, veiled women, living under the oppression of a patriarchal society. This common stereotype is a misleading one. It is true that today's women of the Middle East live enshrouded in tradition. However, they are caught between their devotion to a fundamental belief system and an ever-changing world. The life of today's Middle Eastern women is varied. It is one bound by a domestic and traditionally rooted belief system, yet the women wish for a modern and progressive way of life. They are students, doctors, teachers, athletes, and soldiers. Some prefer domestic roles, while others assert their independence and search for a more fulfilling life that breaks the ties of age-old traditions. In this revised edition of Women in the Middle East, Ramsay Harik and Elsa Marston discuss current social issues and present updated information on the topics of religion, veiling, and political participation. Also new to this edition are two chapters that cover the experience of the women of Afghanistan and women's health issues. Through personal experience, interviews, and research, Harik and Marston have compiled a book that presents a comprehensive look at the women behind the veil and their struggle to incorporate both tradition and change in their everyday lives.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews