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Attitudes Toward Gender Inequality Among Muslims

September 12, 2012

201 Moses Hall

M. Steven Fish, Political Science Department
Danielle Lussier, Grinnell College

Inequality between the sexes is often regarded as a salient characteristic of Muslim societies. Despite enormous public and academic interest in the possible relationship between religion and sex-based inequality, few works have systematically compared the status of women and girls in Muslim and non-Muslim communities. This paper investigates attitudes toward sex-based inequality using both observational and experimental methods. Building on the findings of a series of hierarchical-level models examining attitudes in more than 60 countries in which we find that Muslims are more likely than non-Muslims to hold traditional (that is, male-dominant) beliefs, we present the methodology of a new survey experiment and preview the results of the survey in Lebanon.