Discrimination Against Muslim Women Essay

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Today Muslim women are portrayed as being oppressed in Afghanistan through media. Although Muslim women are struggling for rights, they do not see themselves as oppressed. Western views have a misperception on the degrading of these women because of today’s battle with the Taliban. Under the Taliban, women have been stripped from human rights like the ability to receive an education, getting married at a young age, or not having the opportunity to work. Afghanistan has been going through tumultuous events for the past few decades because of the infamous Taliban and militant groups. This constant political struggle in the country has exploited women’s rights for political gain by the Taliban. In this paper I will discuss why and how Muslim women …show more content…
Discrimination against Muslim women are making it a struggle for these women to excel in education and profession. Marco Perolini, Amnesty International discrimination expert commented on the situation, “Muslim women are being denied jobs and girls prevented from attending regular classes just because they wear traditional forms of dress” (Amnesty 2012.) With the support of international nonprofits like Amnesty, Muslim women are able to rise and challenge negative norms by exposing unfair human rights policies around the …show more content…
If women were able to take part in war, why can’t they take part in their individual religious rights? Although women were able to take part in war, it led to the creation of gender role. The Quran enforced the obligation of men to care and provide for women, for example the reason behind a man’s ability to marry multiple wives at the same time (maximum of 4 wives at once), was only normalized because numerous widows are the result of brutal wars, which means loosing protection and financial support. So to recreate an equilibrium in society a man can marry up to four wives to protect and support them. Islamic scholar Valentine Moghadam studied the Quran and found the current issue with gender roles in Islamic societies, “the prescribed role of women in Islamic theology and law is often argued to be a major determinant of women’s status. Women are perceived as wives and mothers, and gender segregation is customary, and sometimes legally required” (Moghadam 1993.) Examining these examples from a Western lens relates to inequality in Islam, abuse, and even breaking some Humanitarian Rights.
The major problem faced in Muslim majority countries is not Islam but the way Islam is interpreted, practiced and oriented by those in power for various political reasons and for the benefit of the elites, who are far away from being

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