Muslim women should be allowed to vote, drive and work outside the home, but gender inequality is not a primary problem, a majority of Muslim women said in a new Gallup poll.

The 2005 poll, released Tuesday, questioned 8,000 women about their perceptions of life in Muslim and Western countries. Women were polled in Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

A majority said women should be allowed to vote, ranging from 68 percent in Pakistan to 95 percent in Egypt. A majority also said women should be allowed to work at any job they are qualified for, serve in high levels of government and drive unaccompanied. Most of these countries allow women to conduct these activities, said Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


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