Typically, stories of gender inequality in the Arab World points towards Islam as a major contributing factor. The research question of this project is: what is the cause of the gender inequality and lack of women’s rights in Arab countries? I hypothesized that the level of political religiosity of Arab countries is directly linked to gender inequality. The dependent variable for my research project is gender inequality, and the independent variable is political religiosity. My hypothesis was tested by rating and ranking countries in terms of political religiosity and gender inequality and comparing these two data sets graphically. According to the data, the hypothesis was unsupported. The graphs indicate that political religiosity and gender inequality are not linked. This indicates that other factors need to be investigated as a cause of gender inequality within the Arab World, and any effort to reduce that inequality should incorporate other factors such as culture and tradition.
© 2014 Damara Simpson