Title

The Role of Education and Government in Shaping Muslim Women's Rights: Three Contemporary Case Studies

Date of Award

8-11-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Global Affairs

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Global Affairs

Advisor

Naomi Starosta

Keywords

Afghanistan; France; Islam; Muslim; Turkey; women's rights

Abstract

The rise in Muslim terrorist activities has encouraged the West to reevaluate its understanding of Islam, prompting concern for Muslim women's rights. In search of education-based solutions, this project explores three case studies of Muslims living under different government types: a secular state with a primarily Muslim population (Turkey); a secular state with a significant Muslim minority population (France); and a Muslim state with a powerful religious influence (Afghanistan). The type of government plays a significant role in Muslim women's rights, and solutions must be based on individual aspects of each unique place where Muslims live today. The results show that education is a universal solution when accepted at all levels: governmental, communal, and the individual.

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