Feminism in Morocco (New Proposal)

Since “gender equality” is a broad topic, I am going to focus specifically on modern Moroccan feminism and how the changing Moroccan family is giving way to usher in a new period of gender equity. I have four broad areas I am going to flesh out: legal rights, education, workplace equity, and social equity. Under legal rights I am including marriage and divorce, inheritance, and legal responsibilities. Under education I will differentiate between education on gender and education regarding literacy. In workplace equity, I will focus on equal pay, workplace discrimination, and the importance of equality for families headed by single women. Under social equity I am going to focus on violence. 


Lebanese Women’s Rights (modified)

Hey Everyone!
I’ve had a bunch of difficulty posting, so hopefully this works.  As a modification of my topic, I’m planning to look into the rights of Shi’a Muslim women in Lebanon, this way I can touch upon Hezbollah and the influence they have on the lifestyle.  That should be a bit more focused!

Turkey’s Path

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This is my fourth attempt to submit my final paper topic, but here goes another shot.  I liked the suggestions from Dr. Swansinger and my focus for my paper will be the growing influence of Islam within Turkey’s politics. I will examine the sources and reasons for this trend including the current Turkish administrations scandals, their movement towards advocating for Sunni Muslims, limited rights of ordinary citizens, and the rise of radical Islam within Turkey. I will look to compare contemporary Turkey against the vision of Ataturk’s modern Turkey and determine the likely outcome for Turkey’s future.


New Research Proposal–Saudi Arabia

Hi everyone! Here is my updated research proposal. I am staying with women’s rights as a topic, but shifting the focus.

Thesis: Women’s rights in Saudi Arabia remains a controversial issue, and women still face numerous challenges daily simply because they are women. In 2013, the country ranked 127th out of 136 countries for gender inequality in the World Economic Forum. The focus of this paper is the driving ban for women, and why it exists. What are the arguments behind the ban? Why should or why should not women drive? Finally, what is “modernity” in Saudi Arabia? If driving is something “modern,” then is it only accessible to few? Are men the only ones who can be “modern”?

Using the driving ban as my focus, I will use the tentative thesis that the amount of rights a woman has is dependent on her class status. The higher her class status (in wealth or nobility) the greater her rights are (driving), and the more “modern” she is.

Research Proposal on Pakistan’s Constitution

The creation of Pakistan stemmed out of the idea that South Asian Muslims needed a nation state to protect and govern themselves after the partition of India in 1947.   In doing so, Muhammad Jinnah wanted to create a modern, nation state, based on an idea of an Islamic Republic.  Although born in India, Jinnah was trained and educated under the British Raj which caused him to develop secularist ideas and a belief in the British Parliamentary system.  Another important voice was the poet-philosopher Muhammad Iqbal.  He stressed the important of an Islamic political philosophy and adherence to the ruling of God, and that a nation state would be viable for the protection of the greater “umma” or Muslim community in South Asia. However, he also stressed and attempted to mold western enlightenment thought and make them compatible to Islam and his philosophy.  Therefore, he provided another important voice in creating a Pakistani political identity.  Finally,  Abu A’la Maududi provided Pakistan with a more Islamic fundamentalist voice in the creation of the nation state.  He wanted a more “reactionary” turn back to Islam, and was the most critical of  modern day western ideas and institutions.  For my research, I would like to see how these three ideologies played out in the creation of the first Pakistani constitution.  What ideas prevailed?  What did not?  How did the creation of this constitution play out?  How did modern and tradition conflict?

Redirecting Diplomacy

In today’s news, it is not uncommon to hear of bombings and attacks on foreign embassies–though it was not always this way. The Iran Hostage Crisis of 1979 can be considered the moment that changed the future climate of embassies–they were no longer considered safe havens for visitors in a foreign country. This action can be considered a product of different ideologies as to what Iran and what America believed an embassy should do or what it should look like. Because of this, the United States has not since reestablished a diplomatic relationship with Iran. However, it is interesting to consider how many other countries have maintained connection. My research will analyze the beginnings of foreign diplomacy in Iran with Shah Abbas and then make its way to the Hostage Crisis. I hope to discover– by analyzing how Iran acts with foreign embassies within its country as well as extermal relations with countries where there are Iranian embassies–the rules by which Iran plays the “embassy game.”

Final Yemen Topic

Through more in depth research of my topic, I’ve decided to specifically address the broad topics of conflict and crisis. In Yemen, the current situation that holds the most precedent is the creation of their new constitution.  In the past, the country had struggled with North and South Yemen, unity between the two sides, and the proper way to carry on with the government of the country as a whole. Along with the many provisions they are including in this new constitution, I will address the major conflict of the young, but increasingly large population that is growing in Yemen and the influence of their future needs as a people on the creation of this constitution. By highlighting the growing need for unification of the country as a whole, I think I will also be able to address the needs of the incoming youth, and their needs as a very large, almost overbearing population. The topics will include the future economic, political, educational, and social moves that are being made, and will have to be made in order to keep the survival of this country in sight.

Fred Mid East.com