This article deals with the question of parliamentary democracy and female representation in the Arab world in both statistical and historical contexts. The role of women is considered in societies across history from the ancient period to the modern as well as the correlation between women's suffrage and actual political participation with relative development and underdevelopment of countries in the post-modern period. Historical as well as cultural factors – including those with direct bearing on the Arab world – are examined as is the disparity between the letter of the law and social and political practice.

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