Rescuing Gender Equality from the False Dichotomies of Secularism Versus Shariah in Muslim Majority Countries

Syed, J. and Ozbilgin, M. and Torunoglu, D. and Ali, F. (2009) Rescuing Gender Equality from the False Dichotomies of Secularism Versus Shariah in Muslim Majority Countries. Womens Studies International Forum, 32 (2). pp. 67-79. ISSN 0277-5395. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2009.03.007

Abstract

This article presents a macro-national perspective of gender equality in employment in two Muslim majority Countries, Turkey and Pakistan. The article examines and compares the institutional implications of secularism and Islamic shariah for gender equality in employment in the two countries. Drawing on case studies of a selection of influential public and private sector organizations engaged in promoting and implementing gender equality in Turkey and Pakistan, the article argues that secularism and shariah as dominant ideologies present poor agendas for gender equality. Indeed, secularism and shariah hijack gender equality discourses paying only partial lip service to genuine demands for equality. The article argues that there is a need to rescue gender equality from the clasp of ideology and bring in genuine processes of equal opportunity and social justice in the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Jennifer Knapp
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2010 15:36
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2011 12:28
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/24824 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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