Educational Boundaries of Women in the Middle East Analytical Essay by Nicky

Educational Boundaries of Women in the Middle East
An examination of the changing roles and educational opportunities for women in the Middle East.
# 149145 | 2,263 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 27, 2011 in Women Studies (Women and Society) , Middle Eastern Studies (General)

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This paper supports the thesis that educational opportunities are increasing as a result of fundamental changes within Middle Eastern society itself. The paper focuses on the external factors that support these structural changes and highlights the impact of globalization and the global community. The paper discusses the small advances in countries such as Yemen and Turkey and the continuing oppression in countries such as Algeria, and concludes that the while the advancement of the education of women will not occur without drastic political and social change, pressures to globalize will continue to aid in these processes.

Shifting Paradigms: Internal Influences
Global Influences
Searching For New Discourse

From the Paper:

"Whenever two cultures come into contact with one anther, regardless of the reason, they will have an influence on members of both societies. September 11, 2001 began the wholesale, intentional invasion of American ideals into the Middle East (Bergeron, 2003). American policy makers felt that the "backwardness" of the culture would begin to erode with little incident (Bergeron, 2003). However, this is not what happened. Traditional Middle Eastern cultures did not embrace the new, more democratic ways. New ideals did not have the competitive advantage and many held on to their traditional beliefs and lifestyles fervently (Bergeron, 2003). Failure of US policymakers to understand cultural attitudes in the Middle East are a key reason for this failure (Bergeron, 2003).
"Even though Middle Easterners did not react in the accepting manner that was expected, the influence of non-oriental ideas had an affect on ideals in the Middle East. These changes were more subtle are only now beginning to be able to be discerned from an academic standpoint. One of the difficulties in the change process is that authoritarian rule continues to dominate Middle Eastern politics (Zambelis, 2005). Autocratic regimes stand as a roadblock to fundamental change in many Middle Eastern nations. Slow response to emerging opportunities to women is only a symptom of these attitudes that support traditional values and resistance to change."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Afary, J. (2004). Seeking a Feminist Politics for the Middle East after September 11. Frontiers - A Journal of Women's Studies. 25 (1): 128.
  • Altunisik, M. (2005). The Turkish Model and Democratization in the Middle East. Arab Studies Quarterly. 27 (1-2): 45.
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  • Ghandi, R (2003). Family and Feminism; Women, Their Position Rights and Obligations in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Journal of Comparative Family Studies. 34 (4): 605.
  • Jaffee, C. (2004). Teaching about the Middle East: Challenges and Resource. Journal Title: Social Education. 68 (1): 46.

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