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Title: Comments from an author: Engaging the Arab Human Development Report 2005 on Women
Authors: Jad, Islah 
Keywords: Arab countries - Social conditions;Arab countries - Economic conditions;Quality of life - Arab countries;National security - Arab countries
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: International Journal of Middle East Studies
Abstract: I think it is safe to say that the Arab Human Development Report 2005 (AHDR 2005) was the first report to be criticized and even attacked by its own authors. Some contested not being “fully” the “owner” of the report because they were forced to share it with some “disappointing” partners; some attacked it for not fully representing their fundamentalist secular beliefs. Others showed their discontent with its theoretical incoherence and its clear neoliberal approach. These differing stands reflect the spectrum of conflicting views and approaches in the Arab world about women’s issues; they also reflect the lack of a spirit of teamwork. Critics of the report gave substantial weight to the theoretical line and guidance of the U.N. system in “imposing” certain views. Actually, as a top U.N. bureaucrat noted in the introduction, the views expressed in the AHDR 2005 were politically controversial and not in line with the organization, to some extent causing the report’s delayed launch.
DOI: 10.1017/S0020743808090119
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