Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department / School

Sociology and Rural Studies

First Advisor

Donna J. Hess


This is a descriptive study of the literature about Kuwaiti women published in either English or Arabic in the 20th century. Images of Kuwaiti women are examined in order to assess the literature from which these images are drawn. The study first reviews the literature about Muslim women in the Middle East and then the specific literature about Kuwaiti women. The sociology of knowledge is discussed in terms of its theoretical imperatives after which research areas which serve as background to the study are reviewed. The study goes on to organize the literature about Kuwaiti women. A sample is drawn after which indicators of women's status and role are employed to assign each published work to categories expressed as modern, secular, fundamental and traditional. Finally, the categorized selections are compared with factors of their production such as language, education of the writer, occupation of the writer and the writer's sex and nationality. The study concludes with a discussion of trends and clusters among the data and identification of continuing gaps and inconsistencies in the research area. An annotated bibliography is appended to the study.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Women -- Kuwait

Women -- Kuwait -- Bibliography



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University