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Gendered Paradoxes: Educating Jordanian Women in Nation, Faith, and Progress

Fida Adely


In 2005 the World Bank released a gender assessment of the nation of Jordan, a country that, like many in the Middle East, has undergone dramatic social and gender transformations, in part by encouraging equal access to education for men and women. The resulting demographic picture there—highly educated women who still largely stay at home as mothers and caregivers—prompted the World Bank to label Jordan a “gender paradox.” This book shows that assessment to be a fallacy, taking readers into the rarely seen halls of a Jordanian public school, the al-Khatwa High School for Girls, and revealing ... More

Keywords: World Bank, gender assessment, Jordan, Middle East, educated women, mothers, caregivers, gender paradox, Jordanian public school, nationalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226006901
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226006925.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fida Adely, author