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A lot of chatter about Saudi women being granted the right to vote. Comparison for the Arab World on the issue of women’s suffrage.

The earliest Muslim country is Azerbaijan at 1918/1921.

*Lebanon is cutoff at 1943.

In general order from earliest to latest Levant > Maghreb > Gulf. Which is probably a good proxy for general cultural conservatism.

There’s basically been two “wave” decades. The 1960s and the 2000s.

Existing Issues

  • Lebanon—Proof of elementary education is required for women but not for men, while voting is compulsory for men but optional for women.
  • Saudi Arabia—Women were not given the right to vote or to stand for the local election in 2005, although suffrage was slated to possibly be granted by 2009, then set for later in 2011, but suffrage was not granted either of those times. In late September, 2011, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, declared that women would be able to vote and run for office starting in 2015.
  • United Arab Emirates—Limited suffrage (for both men and women), but it gradually expanded in the recent election held in 2011.

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