This book describes in detail the way a woman should be treated and the way she should treat her husband. The Qur’an expresses that men are above women and that women are inferior to their husbands. It is stated that, “…it is for the women to act as they (the husbands) act by them, in all fairness; but the men are a step above them,” (Q 2:228). It is also stated that, “Men have authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the other,” (Q 4:34). Muslims tend to treat women so unfairly due to these scriptures written in the holy book.
CRITICAL REVIEW ESSAY – MUSLIM WOMEN AND VEILING Veiling of Muslim women is one of the most controversial topics that have been debated for over decades. However, for several reasons, many non-Muslims and feminists activists such as liberal feminists, radical feminists, and Muslim feminists hold different views on the symbolization of the veiling towards the Muslim women. Even though their opinions are multi-dimensional, it all concludes that Islam oppresses women and veiled women represent the women who have no rights. Veiling for Muslim women is mandatory because it protects them from non-Muslim men and it is an important factor for a female believer. This critical review will examine two different articles and evaluate it based on a set of a certain criteria.
Feminists are often stereotyped as angry, man-hating, unattractive women who scream absurdly about their political views. These stereotypes make women feel embarrassed to call themselves feminists (Stereotypes about Feminism). It is essential that all women consider themselves feminists simply because women are still being oppressed today and there is a need for equality. To begin, women should not be ashamed to call themselves feminists because women are still being oppressed today. Our culture believes women should be dependent on men and this forms a belief that women need men to survive.
In this novel, Julia Alvarez manages to capture and express the true feelings of women which deconstructs the stereotypes through Yo. Feminism is defined as “a political movement that works to achieve equal rights for women and men” (Hirsch 113). For the past ages, women were seen in the society as inferior to men and were greatly excluded from education and the right to property ownership. A British feminist named Mary Wollstonecraft argues, “educational restrictions keep women in a state of ignorance and slavish dependence” (Blake 117). The shattering of classifications and stereotypes, and the subversion of traditional gender roles, and the concept of sisterhood or unity among women are among the main tenets of feminist criticism.
Equality. To some equality is viewed as a God-given right, whereas to others it simply just does not exist. Gender, race, and economic status may sometimes be the determining factor on one’s value (how important one is in each unique culture) in certain societies and it has been this way for centuries all over the Earth. In the political story The Useless Sex, Oriana Fallaci, an Italian writer born in 1929, illustrates the extreme differences between women in the United States of America and the women in Pakistan. A woman’s self-worth, the value of a woman to her society, and a woman’s independence from the male population are three apparent dissimilarities of females in the United States and females in Pakistan.
One of the most misinterpreted concept is how Islam suppresses women. Muslim women are usually seen as Modern women generally view Muslim women as inhibited and underprivileged of their rights. The mass media depicts an orthodox Muslim women as completely covered and conquered by her husband, with slightly more prestige then a servant. One may be shocked to discover, that for 1400 years, Muslim females have enjoyed rights for which modern women are still coping. Islam offers leadership for passive and ultimate culture.
But if we see, in many Muslim societies wearing Hijab (PARDA) is not very common and mostly women refuse it without any solid reason. If we once again read those verses of Quran which are given in the beginning of this article, how great these Qur’anic verses are, along with their implied meanings of lofty and honorable orientations made clear to the nations in this regard. We notice amongst the measures taken in this respect that Allah commands His Prophet (S.A.A.W) to enjoin his wives, the mothers of believers and the daughters. In these verses Allah demands women to use a big piece of cloth which at least covers her body from head to toe. There is a contradiction between the two schools of thought of Islam that is it necessary to cover the face or not?
Although critics disagree on how the vastly different gender perceptions within the play are used to portray the theme of women’s power within law and justice, all of their arguments tie back to the fact that the women in the story act as a surrogate for the female society of that time, showing them that they have more power than they realize. Phyllis Mael asserts in "Trifles: The Path to Sisterhood," that the evolution of the women's relationships from acquaintance to co-conspirators illustrates the female psyche. Mael says the she feels the play's "moral dilemma" stresses the inherent differences between male theoretical sense of morality and female sensitive ethical sense which includes "moral problems as problems of responsibility in relationship" (Mael, 282-83). Although the women draw closer to solving the crime as the men, using "abstract rules and rights," make comments that "trivialize the domestic sphere," ethical agreement comes only after Mrs. Peters moves from "acquiescence to patriarchal law" to
Assess the view that the main role of religion is to promote patriarchal ideology and maintain the oppression of women (33 marks) According to feminists there are countless examples of patriarchy which have been used to control and later oppress women. Places of worship show this as they often segregate the sexes. An example of this is the Jewish synagogue in which women are placed behind screens separated from the men who in turn are situated in the main centre space. This highlights the marginalisation between the men and the women. However if this was the case surely women would recognise that they are being treated unequally.
The treatment of women in religion is and has been a very controversial issue. Different religions have different protocols, rules, and holidays for women. The religion of Islam is no exception to this. There are varying regulations for women to follow. As the religion expanded, women's rights broadened for a period of time, and then reverted back to conditions worse than original standards.