Women's Leadership in Oman: An Intersectional and Transnational Perspective
- Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society
- Oxford University Press
- Volume 27, Number 2, Summer 2020
- pp. 361-384
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Women's leadership in the Middle East is typically explored along themes related to Islam and social norms that overlook countries' complex transnational histories. Taking Oman as a case study, we employ the feminist lens of intersectionality to analyze how class, race, and generation differentiate women's opportunities for leadership. Using interviews conducted with thirty-two women in Oman who have achieved success in variety of fields, this article finds that contrary to expectations in the literature, Islam does not appear to serve as an overarching challenge. Instead, women emphasize factors such as family connections, culture, and domestic responsibilities in shaping positionalities.