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Gulf Women And Competing Economies

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‘Arab Women’ are the subject of Western and Eastern curiosity and, often, fascination. However, most attempts to investigate ‘Arab Women’ reduce them to one entity, ignoring their multitude of experience. The fact is Arab women are very different from each other. Just like everyone else, their realities are shaped by different personal, social, economic, religious […]

What Stifles Qatari Women? (Part Three)

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The Qatari government’s vision has been to advance Qatari women in all areas and integrate them in the work force turning them into integral members of the society just like men. In such a transitional phase we are witnessing all governmental institutions and agencies should get on board with the government’s agenda. But what we […]

What Stifles Qatari Women (Part Two)

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The national vision of Qatar 2030 lists “Modernization and preservation of traditions” as the first challenge that the nation faces and needs to achieve to fulfill its aim of becoming “an advanced society capable of sustaining its development and providing a high standard of living for its entire people.” The challenge of balancing between traditions […]

What Stifles Qatari Women? (Part One)

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Qatar is going through a transitional phase that is marked by rapid change, economic prosperity, and introduction to modernity. This era has witnessed an important change in women’s roles in the Qatari society. It has also exposed the challenges that Qatari women face, some of which are common across different Arab countries. In one of […]

We are a result of who she is

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The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes   A mother is not only the one who gives birth, but is the carrier of culture, religion and traditions. She is […]

Urgently Required: Reprogramming

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Why does he get that stiff when she passes by? Why is it that her initial reaction is turning her head away? In any setting where men and women mingle, you can sense the tension. Some may confuse it to sexual tension when I think it is a total ambivalence to how to act or […]

May I call you a Feminist?

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We are identified by different names and titles, some show endearment, some show status, and some are mere markers of where we are from, what language we speak, and what groups we belong to. I’m called and referred to by different names, for example I’m a daughter, sister, wife, professor, friend, blogger, Qatari, woman, among […]

Just a Bunch of Feminists

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I’m to meet two friends for lunch in a French café on a summery day in London. Having this casual lunch is such a treat in our super busy-schedules. I’d spent my morning in the British library, preparing for a paper I will be presenting in two weeks in the States. My Kuwaiti friend, Aysha, […]

Islamic feminists distinguish Islam from Muslims

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Doha, Qatar – How is it that one religion – Islam – seems capable of undermining women and promoting them at the same time? Anyone attempting to take stock of the position of women in the Muslim world cannot help but be confused. One finds stories in the media all the time about injustices committed […]