Gender, Islam and Human Development

While the 20th century has been associated with a major improvement in status for women around the world, Muslim societies stand virtually alone in continuing to perpetuate traditional sex roles that have a negative impact on the economic and political empowerment of women. Previous scholars have documented the existence of a stark difference, for example, in gender egalitarian attitudes between Muslim societies and the rest of the world.   This roundtable session will seek to answer three core questions. First, what explains the persistence of traditional gender norms in the Islamic world and how can we understand heterogeneity in gender egalitarianism across Muslim societies?  Second, how do changing economic, institutional and legal factors impact the well-being of Muslim women?  And finally, what types of interventions can lead to a long-term positive impact on the lives of Muslim women and girls?


Professor Lisa Blaydes - Roundtable Chair
TBA - Student Assistant

Gender, Islam and Human Development Report a Problem