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Political Science
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The literature on political science and women in the Muslim world (defined as countries in which Muslims are a majority or a plurality of the population) has centered on three main debates. The first examines the lack of democracies in the Muslim world compared to other regions (the “democracy deficit”) and asks whether gender discrimination has contr…

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Jamal, Amaney A. and Langohr, Vickie, “Political Science”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_COM_00016>
First published online: 2014

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