Oil Prices Proportional to Women’s Rights?

Today at the Huffington Post, Raymond Learsy notes an overlooked trend in the relationship between oil prices and women’s oppression in Muslim countries. He writes that 9/11 stamped out nascent trends in women’s progress, and its aftermath saw a rise in oil prices. Oil revenues, he argues, funded an emerging radicalization of Islam across the subcontinent, facilitating an “interpretation of Koranic theology coupled with the draconian subjugation of women through the most rigid implementation of Sharia law.”

In Pakistan and Afghanistan, he writes that a lack of international agencies left a political vacuum filled by Islamists and Saudi funding for extremism and “fundamentalism Islam.” Funding for such activities is underpinned by a Saudi cultural midset that oppresses women and accords them few rights in law and marriage, argues Learsy.