Muslim And Jewish Women Essay

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INTRODUCTION There are many similarities in the roles and duties of traditional Muslim and Jewish Women but there is a distinct difference between them in terms of position, rights and how women are viewed culturally. There are many shared aspects between Jewish and Muslim women. Because of this, as well as through the influence of Muslim culture and philosophy on practitioners of Judaism within the Islamic world, there has been considerable and continued physical, theological, and political overlap between the two faiths in the subsequent 1,400 years. However, there are diffenreces as well, inckluding the way women are seen in the eyes of men, of society and their beliefs system as a whole. A womans position and role within thier culture although on the surface may seem similiar, is very different underneath. BODY Both Judiasm and Islamic religions agree that both women and men are created by God. However, disagreement starts soon after the creation of the first man, Adam and the first woman, Eve. In the Jewish religion the creation of Adam and Eve is described in detail in Genesis 2:4-3:24. God prohibited both of them from eating the fruits of the forbidden tree. The serpent seduced Eve to eat from it and Eve seduced Adam to eat with her. When God repramaneded Adam for what he did, he put all the blame on Eve "The woman you put here with me....she gave me some fruit from the tree and I ate it." Consequently, God said to Eve "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you." To Adam he said,"Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree .... Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life..." The Islamic conception of the first creation is found in several places in the Qur'an, for

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