Gallup yesterday released a new poll on After the Arab Uprisings: Women on Rights, Religion, and Rebuilding. The survey that covered countries affected by Arab Spring uprisings showed, among other things, that
... Arab women in the countries surveyed are far more similar to the men in their respective countries than they are to fellow females in the region. The majority of women and men across countries experiencing political upheaval do want some level of religious influence in law, though people’s views of the specific role for Sharia vary widely from one country to another.... Those who want no legislative role at all for Sharia are in a small minority in every country.The survey also reports:
Gallup generally finds few differences between those who rate religion as “important” and those that rate it as “not important” in regard to their attitudes toward women’s rights, with one exception. The results show that seven in 10 adults (69%) who find religion important support women’s right to initiate a divorce, compared with fewer than five in 10 adults (46%) who say religion is not important.