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Title:Arab women
Author:Salman, Magida
Periodical:Khamsin: revue des socialistes révolutionnaires du Proche-Orient
Geographic term:Arab countries
Abstract:Is it a lapse into impressionism to 'lend great importance to the weight of Islam' in considering the roots of the oppression of Arab women? Despite all the social transformations that have occurred in the Arab world since the era of the caliphs, secularization has yet to take hold in nearly all the Arab countries. Legislation dealing with marriage, divorce, and the status of women (inferior in all cases) is still based on, or directly inspired by, Koranic law in all the Arab-Islamic states. What role is played by Islam, what is its influence, and how is it used? The present article deals with some of these questions and comes to the conclusion that when considering the struggle for the liberation of Arab women it is difficult not to take account of the direct physical oppression Arab women suffer because of attachment to Arab-Islamic traditions. Ref.