Muslim Women Essay

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Muslim Women The sharia had a huge impact on Muslim women and how greatly oppressed they were. In a society where women rights were judged greatly by men, Muslim women submitted themselves to the doctrine of their society beliefs. First, I will discuss Ziba Mir-Hosseinni “Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality.” According to the Koran "Cover and be Modest" is a central belief for women who respectfully partake in wearing a burqa or a hijab. Generally, through the lens of the outside world many may consider the burqa and hijab to be a problem. Lastly, I will explore how Mir-Hosseini’s views match and contrast with Abu-Lughod views. Observing how they agree and disagree I will explain which author’s view I prefer and why. The return to sharia in Iran placed women as second-class citizens. It condemned all relations of exploitation and domination, and belittled Muslim women’s quest and outlook of patriarchal constructions of gender relations. The relations were not only found in the vast corpus of jurisprudential texts but also in the positive laws that are known to come out of the sacred texts. The sharia made women feel like the system was unfair and didn’t have any justice. For example one rule she spoke of from the Sharia was that a man could divorce his wife without her knowing if he wanted to. I believed the Muslim women felt as if they didn’t have any power or sense of control. Muslim women who had a feminist consciousness at the time and looked for equal rights for women conformed to anti-colonialist and nationalist priorities. They also were under pressure to conform secularist and modernist priorities. Some scholars believe that at the beginning of the twentieth century the line between Islam and feminism was not clearly defined and women were trying to change the traditional laws by invoking and counting on Islam’s sacred texts. During this time women became
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