Political Science Proposal Paper on Women rights in the Middle East

Women rights in the Middle East

Women play significant roles in economic, social, and cultural development of the nation. However, their significance has been downplayed in the Middle East. This research proposal will investigate women’s rights in the Middle East, an area that is not widely explored by researchers. There are many controversies about women rights in the Middle East. Those who live outside the region think that women are treated unfairly in the Middle East. It seems that they are treated unfair for doing normal and usual things. However, most people in the Middle East do not have the same sentiments. Most people do not understand why men in the Middle East treat women as they do. In addition, it seems that women in Middle East do not enjoy similar rights as their counterparts in democratic states such as America. This research will be designed to help unveil thetruth about these concerns. This proposed study will be guided by the following four research questions:

  1. What do women in the Middle East want?
  2. What types of rights do women in the Middle East enjoy?
  3. Do women in Middle East have the same right as those in other democratic countries like United States?
  4. What are the fundamental factors influencing women right in idle east?

To answer these research questions, the research will investigate women right in two countries in the Middle East: Iraq and Pakistan. The chosen methodology is a combination of textual and comparative analysis. Literature will be reviewed from the available books, policy après, journals, magazines, as well as peer-reviewed articles among other options. The final project will be in form of a research paper. It will take three semester hours following the professor’s request. The faculty mentor will be consulted weekly through email. The final project should be completed by December 18, 2015.

Reading List

Abu-Lughod, Lila. Remaking Women: Feminism and Modernity in the Middle East.Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009. Print.

Carothers, Thomas, and Marina Ottaway. Uncharted Journey: Promoting Democracy in the Middle East. Washington, D.C: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2005. Print.

Joseph, Suad. Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse Univ. Press, 2000. Print.

Keddie, Nikki R. Women in the Middle East: Past and Present. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2007. Print.

Kelly, Sanja, and Julia Breslin. Women’s Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Progress amid Resistance. New York: Freedom House, 2010. Print.

Khalidi, Ramla, and Judith E. Tucker. Women’s Rights in the Arab World. Washington, D.C: MERIP, 1992. Print.

Moghadam, Valentine M. Modernizing Women: Gender and Social Change in the Middle East. Boulder, Colo: L. Rienner, 2003. Print.

Moghadam, Valentine M. Modernizing women: Gender and social change in the Middle East.Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003.

Monshipouri, Mahmood. Human Rights in the Middle East: Frameworks, Goals, and Strategies. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. Print.

Trofin, Liliana, and MadalinaTomescu.”Women’s Rights in the Middle East.”Contemp. Readings L. & Soc. Just. 2 (2010): 152.