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Gendered ParadoxesEducating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress$
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Fida Adely

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226006901

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226006925.001.0001

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Ambiguous Times and Spaces

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Gendered Paradoxes

Fida J. Adely

University of Chicago Press

This chapter focuses on the representation of women’s educational attainment as a development paradox in Jordan and the Middle East. The paradox is in keeping with a larger industry of defining Arab Muslim women in terms of development problems to be addressed through the expertise of development institutions. It is also clearly linked to a persistent and historical discourse about the Middle East, which characterizes its women as oppressed and powerless victims and its culture as retrograde. The global preoccupation with education in the region has figured strongly in such representations, with the state of education being linked to extremism, cultural backwardness, and even violence. Despite the important contributions of scholars studying women in the region over the past few decades, the popular image of Arab Muslim women continues to be that they are oppressed, weak, and passive victims.

Keywords:   educational attainment, development paradox, Jordan, Middle East, Arab Muslim women, development institutions, historical discourse

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