Islam and Authoritarianism (M. Steven Fish) - A must read article! (I bet you can find one by searching it in EBSCO or research services your university may have.)
Please somebody, but not limited to, who are studying political science (or other social sciences) and/or religious studies read this.
Thesis statement: "Muslim countries are democratic underachievers... [mainly because] ... the subordination of women." (p.4-5, Fish)
I'd like to know if there are other researches done to further back the claim or rebut it. Also, if there is any serious researches done by scholars in the Muslim world in answer (either supporting, rejecting, or expanding the premise).