CHAOS 2013
11-14 June 2013 Istanbul Turkey
The 6th Chaotic Modeling and Simulation
International Conference

During the past decade, there has been a noticeable increase in the religious tolerance of the Middle East. This tolerance is evident not only in the country's policies on homosexuality, but in its willingness to tolerate other religions as well. However, despite these statements of tolerance, there are expressions of intolerance and religious fundamentalism on the part of some Middle Eastern men and women. In particular, the situation of sexual harassment and sexual assault by Middle East men against Arab women in the country has become quite common.

Religion and Sexual Behaviors in Middle East

According to a survey by an international women's organization, an estimated 60 percent of all the women in the Middle East experience sexual harassment at the workplace. Moreover, the abuse is not limited to workplace sexual harassment. Some women are also targeted during their daily routine. For instance, some women are attacked in the street, while others are harassed inside their homes. In fact, according to the same survey, a majority of the women said that they were not able to discuss or get help from anyone when dealing with the harassment from their own family members or community members. Moreover, a significant majority of the women website said that the main reason for the harassment was religious.

These kinds of manifestations of religious fundamentalism have been reported from different countries in the Middle East over the past few years. In particular, in the Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam, a survey shows that a significant number of men use religious arguments to justify their assaults on female relatives. Moreover, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a significant number of men use religiously-motivated crimes to settle marital disputes. Thus, the problems of sexual harassment and religious fundamentalism in the Middle East have a complex regional context.

However, the prevailing regional context can be explained through an analysis of two major factors. The first factor refers to the societal norms and cultural values of the men and women in the Middle East. The second factor is the religious behavior of men and women in their respective societies. This is manifested both in terms of their sexual behaviors in their societies and in their marriage and domestic relations. This article will focus on the latter.

In general, it can be said that in many Middle Eastern and South Asian countries, women are more exposed and sexualized than in the West. Moreover, women are considered the property of men and thus, they are not given equal rights. For example, a man may rape his wife. Similarly, men may treat their female relatives like lower class females. Men have also reportedly perpetrated sexual harassment against female relatives such as wives and mothers.

Most Middle Eastern women do not feel safe to discuss or speak about issues related to marriage, divorce, and domestic violence with their husbands or in their communities if there is no religion in existence. Thus, they live in a state of ignorance regarding the abuses and violations against them. They live in fear of being subjected to violence. On the other hand, men who belong to conservative and clerical religions are known to commit sexual abuses against women in the name of religion.

There is a difference between religion and sexuality in the minds of the people in the Middle East. For example, a married man in the Muslim community will not rape his married partner. He will explain his marital vows before having sexual intercourse. But a married man in the Christian community will rape his wife because of the belief that marital rape is un-Islamic. Religious intolerance is evident in the norms and policies of different religions.

On the other hand, men in the Middle East are allowed to marry women who belong to their religions. However, they still practice sexual harassment against these women. The reason behind this is that men in the Middle East do not consider themselves inferior and refuse to acknowledge the gender roles imposed upon them by the religion. In fact, they view themselves as sons of god and the leaders of the society.

  6th Chaotic Modeling and Simulation International Conference

11-14 June 2013, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey
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The forthcoming 6th International Conference (CHAOS2013) on Chaotic Modeling, Simulation and Applications ( was decided by the previous Committee meeting in June 2012 following the successful organization of the 5th CHAOS2012 International Conference.
The study of nonlinear systems and dynamics has emerged as a major area of interdisciplinary research and found very interesting applications. This conference is intended to provide a widely selected forum among Scientists and Engineers to exchange ideas, methods, and techniques in the field of Nonlinear Dynamics, Chaos, Fractals and their applications in General Science and in Engineering Sciences.

The principal aim of Chaos2013 International Conference is to expand the development of the theories of the applied nonlinear field, the methods, empirical data and computer techniques as well as the best theoretical achievements of chaotic theory. Chaos2013 Conference provides a forum for bringing together the various groups working in the area of Nonlinear Systems and Dynamics, Chaotic theory and Application to exchange views and report research findings.
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Christos H. Skiadas

Conference Chair (
ManLab, Technical University of Crete


Avadis Simon Hacinliyan

Conference Co-Chair

Yeditepe University