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Muslim women today : challenges in achieving their full potential in resource management

Panjalingam, Nesamalar (2012) Muslim women today : challenges in achieving their full potential in resource management. In: Management of Resources in Muslim Communities : Challenges and Prospects. IIUM Press, Kuala Lumpur, pp. 97-112. ISBN 978-967-418-224-4

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Abstract

Islam advocates equality among all people regardless of race, gender, or nationality. However, Muslim women face numerous obstacles that stand in the way of their achieving their full potential in resource management. Certain interpretations of religious teachings and Islamic law, especially those to do with property allocation and divorce deny Muslim women what they are rightfully entitled to. Many patriarchal societies tend to have clearly defined roles for males and females. Besides that, many girls are denied access to educational opportunities although education and learning is greatly revered in Islam. All these factors cause Muslim women to doubt themselves and lack self-confidence in what they could achieve. At work, women are often paid lower salaries and have fewer opportunities for career advancement, especially in the fields of management, technology, and science. In leadership positions they have to fight harder for respect. Many Muslim women in countries like Oman, Pakistan, Indonesia, and other Islamic nations face these challenges. This paper discusses these factors with the hope that understanding them could lead to more efficient management and utilization of resources in Muslim countries.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: 1457/26481
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Centre for Languages and Pre-University Academic Development (CELPAD)
Depositing User: MS NESAMALAR PANJALINGAM
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2012 10:02
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2013 04:46
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/26481

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