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Women and Work in Saudi Arabia: How Flexible Are Islamic Margins?

Eleanor Abdella Doumato
Middle East Journal
Vol. 53, No. 4 (Autumn, 1999), pp. 568-583
Published by: Middle East Institute
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4329391
Page Count: 16
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Women and Work in Saudi Arabia: How Flexible Are Islamic Margins?
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Abstract

Saudi Arabia's education system is producing more employment-seeking graduates than the economy can absorb, while for women, cultural and legal constraints further hinder the growth of new employment options. Can the Saudi regime respond to women's desire for more job options and still be credible guardians of society's "Islamic margins?" Not easily, and for reasons both economic and political it may be in the regime's interest not to try too hard.

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