Human development, not secularization, is what's key to women's empowerment in the transforming Middle East.

Dalia Mogahed

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“The Attitudes That Sparked Arab Spring.” TEDxSummit. Apr. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "The Attitudes That Sparked Arab Spring." TEDxSummit. Apr. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from pollster Dalia Mogahed's 2012 TED Talk about the Arab revolts of 2011, also known as the "Arab Spring." The quote means that it is not the elimination of religion from Middle Eastern culture, but societal change, including the evolution of attitudes about women, that will result in women in this region gaining political power. Watch the full TED Talk here: Dalia Mogahed - The Attitudes That Sparked Arab Spring