Economic Barriers Greater Than Religious Barriers for Muslim Women’s Education

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Source: Pew Research Center

A new study from the Pew Research Center found that economic immobility, more than religion, is affecting muslim women’s ability to attain an education.

Previous research suggests that the percentage of muslim women who are receiving an education is catching up with percentages of women with an education in other religions, and the role of religion in attaining an education is slowly diminishing.

The study found that the wealth of a country is a stronger determinant of a woman’s ability to receive an education, more so than culture and religion. It analyzed the opportunities for Muslim women in various countries where Muslim is either the dominant religion, or the minority religion. It found that in wealthy countries, such as Saudi Arabia, which is Islamic, women had an average of 11.5 years of schooling, versus in predominantly Muslim countries, like Mali, where women had less than 2 years of education, which researchers attributed to poverty.

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