Women Leadership, Culture, and Islam: Female Voices from Jordan

Koburtay, Tamer, Abuhussein, Tala and Sidani, Yusuf M. (2022) Women Leadership, Culture, and Islam: Female Voices from Jordan. Journal of Business Ethics. ISSN 0167-4544 (In Press)

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This paper aims to explore the experiences of female leaders considering the interplay of gender, religion, and culture. Drawing on an inductive-qualitative study, the paper examines perceptions regarding the role of religion and cultural norms in women’s ascension into leadership positions in Jordan. The results indicated that Jordanian women leaders adopted an Islamic feminist worldview and did not embrace a liberal nor a socialist/Marxist feminist worldview. Women leaders seemed wanting to claim their religion back from those forces that are reportedly holding their aspirations hostage to monolithic interpretations of religious texts. By constantly referring to their religion, female leaders wanted to be granted spaces of trust and responsibility in leadership positions that they did not see contradictory to the way they understood their faith. The paper provides insights into how women leaders understand prejudicial stereotypes and discrimination in their society, explaining how those are linked to patriarchal socio-cultural traditions emphasizing male control.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: Open Access funding provided by the Qatar National Library.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Female leaders, Feminism, Gender, Islam, Qur’an
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
N200 Management studies
N900 Others in Business and Administrative studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2022 08:23
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2022 08:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49552

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