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Interview with Marnia Lazreg

© 2002 NITLE

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In this interview Marnia Lazreg, Professor of Sociology at Hunter College of the City University of New York, begins by addressing the danger of discussing the "Middle East" with its very diverse economic structures as a unit. From there she addresses the belief that the Middle East has been lagging behind other parts of the world in terms of its integration into the "global economy" and the effect of that process on the populations of the region, particularly women. She then discusses the perception that the problems faced by women in the region are almost exclusively a problem of religion and the culture, the family codes that are in place in some Muslim countries and the objectives women’s groups have raised to them, as well as the manner in which their objections have been framed, and finally, the "traditional" nature of the Arab family.

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