Qur'anic References to Women.
I offer this information, not to assert that I am any kind of expert of the faith of Islam, but rather that my perspective is academic and from the lens of a white Westerner. So take that into consideration as you read on. Following the devastating killing of three young students on the Muslim faith in North Carolina, and the intense anger directed at Islamic people post-Charlie Hebdomy colleagues and I have revisited the subject of Islamophobia a number of times on this site.
I have also started to think more about the mainstream understanding of the Middle East and Muslims, and how misconception of the Islamic faith has created serious issues throughout the globe like intolerance, violence, and division.
My personal belief is that a lot of the world's evils come from lack of understanding, and as a result, lack of empathy for others. As a side note, I was twelve when the towers fell, and my global consciousness evolved alongside the War on Terror.
Because of recent world events involving terrorismhate killings, and cultural divisions, I have been thinking more and more about Islam, Western understanding of Muslims, and tolerance generally.
I have also started thinking about a topic that I have struggled with since college - Islam and its relation to women in Islamic countries. This subject can be contentious.
I have gotten into numerous debates with friends and loved own who see Islamic women as oppressed. But while patriarchy certainly exists in the Middle East, how do Islam and patriarchy relate to one another?
Below, I look over a several reasons for a larger misunderstanding of Islam, and how it relates to Muslim women. How Islam is conceived by Westerners is often misunderstood as inherently patriarchal - that is to say, male dominated.
The Western world has by and large reduced Islamic women to being oppressed. Further, according to Moroccan feminist and sociologist Fatima Mernissieven within Islamic countries, there does exist an attitude of male superiority and female subjection that contributes to a generalist misunderstanding of Muslims.
Rather, the patriarchal viewpoint is a result of historical and cultural events that are unrelated to Islamic values. To break it down further, Mernissi thinks this: Historical link to misrepresentation Image by vina cosbie via Flickr While the history of patriarchy in the Middle East is complex, male dominance evolved historically alongside the growth of Islamic nations.
The history goes like this: Feminism in the Middle East has a long history, with particular emphasis during the Iranian maternalism movement in the early nineteenth century to translate: Using a gendered lens to critique Islam has continued over the decades throughout the Muslim world.
Many scholars, such as Fatima Mernissi and Azizah Al-Hibrihave given feminist interpretations of Islamic faith an interesting developed, as feminism, by and large, is a secular movement - meaning its not linked to religion. Muslim feminism takes a liberal view of Islam and attempts to adopt the religion to modern time.
The core argument that Islamic feminists make is this: Subsequently, Islam has been misunderstood as inherently anti-women. Understanding cultural and religious differences is an important step in making the world a better, more unified place.
It can be difficult to distinguish the difference between culture and human rights, but confusion over these two issues can be dissected through more comprehensive understanding of religions and cultures outside of our own - as well as universally accepted human right standards.
In order to challenge our assumptions about different nations and peoples, we must first look inside ourselves, and think critically of ourselves, emotions, and viewpoints. Do we hold biases towards others? And if so, why? In the comments, share your experiences in challenging your thinking, and what the results have been in your life overall.
What do you think are the best ways to build a more inclusive, accepting world? What recommendations do you have for your fellow global citizens?The Status of Women in Islam Dr. Jamal Badawi. I. INTRODUCTION. The status of women in society is neither a new issue nor is it a fully settled one.
The position of Islam on this issue has been among the subjects presented to the Western reader with the least objectivity. The role of the women in Islam is oftentimes misunderstood because of the stereotypes that society has placed on the Muslim community.
The real roles may surprise you. Delivering you the best. Home > Family & Society > Gender & Society > Years Ago, Islam Offered the Perfect Social System for Women Years Ago, Islam Offered the Perfect Social System for Women A Look at the Status of Women throughout History.
Aug 09, · Chapter 4: Women In Society In nearly all countries surveyed, a majority of Muslims say that a wife should always obey her husband. At the same time, there also is general agreement – at least outside sub-Saharan Africa – that a woman should have the right to decide for herself whether to wear a veil in public.
"The specific task of women in this society is to marry and bear children. They will be discouraged from entering legislative, judicial, or whatever careers which may require decision-making, as women lack the intellectual ability and discerning judgment required for these careers." At best, Islam "elevates" the status of a woman to.
Women in Islam. Seyyedeh Dr. Nahid Angha where human being was created in the best figure, and thus where advancing knowledge is a duty. the group most affected by this form of prejudice.
Depending on the society women may be seen as having the wrong weight, the wrong height, the wrong level of intelligence, or the wrong religion. We.