Data used suggests that Muslim women, including women in Gulf, have worked in the past and from a historical perspective were even prominent members of society. Where they had a non working-status, this cannot be attributed to tenets of Islam, since Islam does not forbid women to work. The paper suggests that the controversy on working Muslim women is more a result of the polarized interpretations of Islam by supporters of socialistic movements, Muslim revivalists and simply the country’s regime.
This report makes a conclusion that it is important to do away with social stereotypes and not make Islam an excuse for preventing women from participating in the public arena. Poor or non-existent representation in parliament, public life and decision-making posts reflects and aggravates the marginalization of women. It caters to the view that women are inferior or subordinate and hinders in eliminating stereotypes from society. It also implies that since women have limited participation in public and political life, women’s issues may not be well represented or discussed in decision-making forums and has a negative impact on a society. It is important to eliminate prejudices and do away with the idea that men are superior to women. One of the way to overcome the prejudices is to empower women by training and integrating them in the job market and making them a part of the decision making process and by incorporating their views into the judicial system.