Women, Work, and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa ; Valentine M. Moghadam

Women, Work, and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa ; Valentine M. Moghadam omen, Work, and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa Valentine M. Moghadam Boulder, CO: Lynne Riener Publishers, 1997. 259 pages. $55.00 (ISBN 1-55587-785-0) Review by Rachel Simon, Ph.D. Princeton University rsimon@pucc.princeton.edu he presentation of the position of women in the Middle East and North Africa is changing fast from providing the stereo typic description to the examination of minute details. Whereas numerous studies in the past have described t h e ideal woman with stereotyped female images, a growing n u mb e r of studies analyze detailed da t a collected from many sources and according to various methodologies, with great emphasis on economic a n d educational da t a as well as information on women’s involvement in political and social organizations. Moreover, scholars from t h e region who are acquainted with indigenous life an d well versed with feminist theory conduct a n increasing number of studies. Although the point of departure of Western feminist research is not always relevant to Middle Eastern an d North African (MENA) conditions, the theoretical knowledge enables these scholars to draw from previous research and undertake a comparative approach. Valentine M. Moghadam, the director of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Digest of Middle East Studies Wiley

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omen, Work, and Economic Reform in the Middle East and North Africa Valentine M. Moghadam Boulder, CO: Lynne Riener Publishers, 1997. 259 pages. $55.00 (ISBN 1-55587-785-0) Review by Rachel Simon, Ph.D. Princeton University rsimon@pucc.princeton.edu he presentation of the position of women in the Middle East and North Africa is changing fast from providing the stereo typic description to the examination of minute details. Whereas numerous studies in the past have described t h e ideal woman with stereotyped female images, a growing n u mb e r of studies analyze detailed da t a collected from many sources and according to various methodologies, with great emphasis on economic a n d educational da t a as well as information on women’s involvement in political and social organizations. Moreover, scholars from t h e region who are acquainted with indigenous life an d well versed with feminist theory conduct a n increasing number of studies. Although the point of departure of Western feminist research is not always relevant to Middle Eastern an d North African (MENA) conditions, the theoretical knowledge enables these scholars to draw from previous research and undertake a comparative approach. Valentine M. Moghadam, the director of

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Published: Oct 1, 1998

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