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Women's rights in Islam and contemporary Ulama : Limitations and constraints. (Egypt as case study)

El-gousi, Hiam Salah El-din Ali (2010) Women's rights in Islam and contemporary Ulama : Limitations and constraints. (Egypt as case study). PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

There is a general notion that Islam, as a religion, looks down upon women and encourages discrimination against them. Thus, the status of Arab and Muslim women has become a controversial issue, drawing significant research attention amongst scholars in different fields such as sociology, social development, theology and feminist studies. This thesis aims to explain and understand both the actual status of Muslim Egyptian women and their rights in Muslim societies and also the influential role played by the ulama. The case of Egypt offers a useful focus for this research since the matter can be studied from multiple angles; political, and cultural. The emphasis given to introducing Muslim women's views, especially at the grassroots level on the subject under examination, are based on their current status and personal experiences. Field research was conducted in two main governorates in Egypt; Cairo and Qena. A total of 233 Informants participated in this study, representing different social, economic, educational, geographical, and cultural backgrounds. The findings of the study suggest that women hold a good level of awareness and knowledge of the rights granted to them by Islam, despite the discrepancy in the percentages obtained in both governorates. There is also a strong link between the content of Television drama and raising awareness about current legislations, given that the Media represent the main source of education for women about their rights in both locations. Finally recommendations are made at both macro and micro levels with the aim of creating sustainable improvement in women's rights in Egypt.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > School of Languages Cultures and Societies (Leeds)
Other academic unit: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.535101
Depositing User: Ethos Import
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 13:26
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2016 13:26
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/15221

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