Disability in the Arab World A Comparative Analysis within Culture

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Mourad Ali Eissa Saad
Beata Borowska-Beszta

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The phenomena of disabilities in the Arab world can be viewed from various perspectives, considering historical times, epistemological programmes and theoretical models. This article is a theoretical review and comparative data analysis of the problems regarding the evolution of attitudes and current concept of disability and theoretical assumptions of caring for disabled people in the Arab world. Content of the theoretical part of the paper includes reasons for caring for disabled Arabs, including: analysis of human orientation aspects, social orientation, equality of opportunity and principles of democracy orientation and human development orientation. In the second part of the article the authors discuss empirical comparative data related to disability in the Arab world as: various causes of congenital or acquired disabilities, including culturally bounded causes of disabilities in the Arab world, related to marriages in close families and marriages of underage girls. The paper illustrates key aspects of conceptualization of disabilities in the Arab countries and gives a comparative analysis of the latest data on the situation of children with disabilities in education sectors and adults in the labour market. This part of comparative analysis broadly refers to the primary data from the Arab countries published as research report in 2018 by the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. The report is entitled "Disability in the Arab Region".

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Saad, Mourad, and Beata Borowska-Beszta. 2019. “Disability in the Arab World”. International Journal of Psycho-Educational Sciences 8 (2), 29-47. https://www.journals.lapub.co.uk/index.php/IJPES/article/view/1163.
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