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An irreversible transformation is taking place in the lives of many thousands of university educated professional women in the United Arab Emirates, Oman and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Drawing on eight years' participative research and extensive secondary sources, Nick Forster introduces the first extensive study to document this development in the Middle East. This book documents the emerging economic and political power of women, and how they are beginning to challenge ancient and deeply-held beliefs about the 'correct' roles of men and women in conservative Islamic societies, and in public and private sector organisations. It also describes the vital role that women could play in the economic development and diversification of these countries, and the broader MENA region, in the future. It is an essential read for professionals, scholars and students, in fields as diverse as economic development, international management, gender studies, and Middle Eastern studies.

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‘A Quiet Revolution? is a great book for researchers, professionals and students of Middle East economy, policy, culture, and society … The author refers to the phenomenon taking place in three Gulf states - the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Oman - as an irreversible transformation in the lives of university-educated professional women in those countries. I cannot agree more … Forster's coverage of that phenomenon is deep and relevant. The book also outlines the fundamental role women are playing and the value they could add if afforded the opportunity to do more for their economies/countries.’

Zeinab Karake Source: The Middle East Journal

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