Women: Israel vs. the Arab World

The recent Islamist ascendency in the Middle East has drawn attention to the inferior role and status of women in the Arab and Muslim countries as compared to their counterparts in the state of Israel. Precise comparative analysis presents certain difficulties. In democratic Israel, data about women is collected accurately and is widely available. By contrast, in Arab societies, statistical analysis is less precise because of the absence of a free press, free association, and an independent judiciary. Moreover, generalization regarding the countries in the Arab and Muslim world in the Middle East is difficult because they are now at different levels of development and religious expression. Nevertheless, enough information is available to indicate the striking contrast between the state of women in Israel and in Arab states. The Arab countries lag behind, not only Israel, but other regions in the world regarding economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health,...(Read Full Article)