Publication Date

Spring 2020


Helms School of Government


International Relations


Middle East, North Africa, Women, Government, Islam, Leadership


Arabic Language and Literature | Arabic Studies | International Humanitarian Law | International Law | Islamic Studies | Islamic World and Near East History | Law and Gender | Law and Politics | Legal | Political History | Women's History


This thesis examines the relationship between Islam, democratic government, and the governmental leadership of women in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT). In order to understand female leadership in this region, the compatibility between Islam and democracy is analyzed. This occurs through the examination of Sharia Law and democratic principles within Islam. Furthermore, a statistical analysis of the successes of democracies in the region will be presented. Each nation will be categorized by the constitutional provisions entrusted to its female citizens. Thus, this thesis will present the legality of the political participation of women in each of the MENAT states. Finally, resolutions which aim to increase the political participation of women in MENAT governments are proposed.