The Contemporary Arab Family
(Radical Change and Redefinition of
War, revolutions, and Western colonialism have taken its toll on life
in the Middle East. Although the family still commands loyalty, more
than other social institutions, yet there is a continuous redefinition
of roles in the family.
The economic developments brought on many changes to the family in
the Middle East. Women numbers in the workforce have risen rapidly
in the Middle East. Women have gone to work either to find a "fulfilling
and satisfying job" or to "support the family". The
economic pressures have also forced men to go abroad looking for better
With women increasing numbers in the workforce and men working abroad,
the family is not the same institution it used to be.