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Democracy Ideologies: Arab States
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Democracy is representation for the people by the people. A true democracy must include women who are representative of half of the population. Arab states that do not allow women to participate politically either implicitly or explicitly demonstrate, in this fact alone, their commitment and desire to democratize. As is evidenced from Table 1, regime type and economic and social status play little role in women's entrance into parliament. Indeed, societal obstacles which hinder women from enteri…

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Fauss, Lindsey, “Democracy Ideologies: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 11 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0073a>
First published online: 2009

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