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Gender equality in Muslim-majority countries

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  • Gouda, Moamen
  • Potrafke, Niklas

Discrimination against women has been documented in Muslim-majority countries. However, constitutions among Muslim-majority countries differ. By using women’s rights indicators and exploiting cross-country variation, we find that discrimination against women is more pronounced in countries where Islam is the source of legislation. Constitutions have changed in only four Muslim-majority countries since 1980. We discuss anecdotal evidence concerning the extent to which women’s rights changed as a consequence of new constitutions. Empirical studies should therefore distinguish between types of Muslim-majority countries.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Systems.

Volume (Year): 40 (2016)
Issue (Month): 4 ()
Pages: 683-698

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecosys:v:40:y:2016:i:4:p:683-698
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecosys.2016.04.002
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