Women

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One does not need to be a feminist in the activist sense to recognise that the position and problems of women in the Arab world are in need of reform. Indeed to many outside observers they are a repulsive aspect of Arabian society. Charles Doughty, the doyen of Arabian travellers, was told by a religious shaikh in Khaybar (now Saudi Arabia) nearly 150 years ago that “a woman must be kept in subjection, for else they will begin to despise their husbands.” According to the landmark “Arab human development report” …