Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Advisor

Michael Herb - Committee Chair

Second Advisor

Jelena Subotic - Committee Member

Third Advisor

Scott Graves - Committee Member


The human rights of women in The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been a subject of unresolved debate among sociologists, economists, and political scientists alike, as this region’s gender related human rights performance remains uniquely weaker compared to other geographic regions in the world. Most notably, the human rights of women in the region have been lagging in the area of family law. The following paper assesses gender inequity in the MENA region from a legal perspective, with a focus on family law and legal pluralism, and with the intent to shed light on domestic legal institutions as means of influencing the economic and political status of women both in the Middle East and globally.