Islamic Attitudes and the Support for Gender Equality and Democracy in Seven Arab Countries, and the Role of Anti-Western Feelings

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Posted Sep 30, 2015 | London School of Economics and Political Science, Niels Spierings

Since 9/11 the debate about the compatibility of Islam with democracy and gender equality has grown greatly. In this article Niels Spierings of the London School of Economics and Political Science discusses how Islam relates to democracy and gender equality, and whether attitudes to gender equality partly channel the influence of Islam on democracy.  Different theoretical expectations are tested on Arab Barometer data for seven countries, including three different dimensions of Islamic-religious identity: affiliation, piety, and political-Islamist attitudes.



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