American Women in Saudi Arabia Term Paper by Nicky

American Women in Saudi Arabia
A discussion on the cultural and tolerance issues faced by American women in Saudi Arabia.
# 148665 | 857 words | 1 source | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 29, 2011 in Religion and Theology (Islam) , Women Studies (Women and Society)

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The paper outlines an article concerning an American woman's imprisonment in Saudi Arabia simply for being seen eating in public with her male business partner. The paper highlights how this event illustrates the basic incompatibility of the American concept of freedom and certain Islamic interpretations of moral and legal requirements. The paper discusses how modern Western concepts of political liberalism and individual freedom have changed the nature of the relationship between Muslim countries and "outsiders" living amongst them.

From the Paper:

"One modern example of this type of scenario, where a minority group is attempting to live inside a dominant culture with several oppositional cultural beliefs and practices, is the existence of the many Americans living abroad in Muslim countries. Not all Muslim countries are run as strict theocracies, imposing Islamic law or sharia on all of their citizens and even visitors. There are several counties in the Middle East, however, that do run their countries in this fashion, making the culture very restrictive to non-Muslims or those that practice a less strict form of the religion. One such country is Saudi Arabia, and issues involving women there have been a problem for many years. This is true even of women who grew up in Saudi Arabian society, but the effects of this culture on minority groups--such as Americans--within the country have stirred up even more of a to-do because of the conflict in culture and ideals."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dhimmi Watch. (2008). "American woman jailed in Saudi Arabia for sitting with men at Starbuck's." Reprinted from Fox News. Accessed 10 May 2009.

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