Oppression In Muslim Women

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What is Islam? In today’s world a lot of people do not have an idea of what Islam is, the media often portrays it as a religion of violence and extremism and that is the idea that is placed in everyone’s heads. Islam is a religion based on monotheism, a belief that there is only one God, and was revealed to the Prophet Muhammadsaw through a revelation from God. The religion of peace and tolerance is widely regarded as a faith of oppression and radicalism and a lot of fear is associated with the followers of Islam. One of the widely discussed topics about Islam is that of the status of woman in communities in both the western and Muslim world and the issues they face. This essay will take a closer look at this topic and discuss the reasons woman …show more content…
The wearing of the hijab is a teaching of the Holy Quran, the holy scripture of Muslims, and thus is not forced on women but something they choose to follow as part of their faith, while some women choose not to wear it to express themselves. This essay will help get a better understanding of this topic by looking at essays and articles written by Muslim women who explain the difficulties they face in their own communities and raise awareness for other communities to open their eyes to the issues and support Muslim women who are being treated poorly. One of the authors, Jasmine Zine focuses on the issues of sexism while talking about the identity of Muslim girls in a Canadian school while also discussing the medias stereotyping and gender inequality of Muslim women. Another author, Anaya McMurray considers the presence of Muslim women and hip hop and the issues they face while also discussing the exposure of young Muslim women’s bodies, control over their mobility and racism towards them from other Muslim groups and more problems that they …show more content…
Kandiyoti. By doing this we can examine if Muslim women in contemporary Muslim societies face the same kinds of issues that are discussed by Anaya McMurray. Ziba Hosseini grew up during the 1979 revolution which ended up changing her life and making her think differently about a lot of topics. One of the ideas that came to her was that the way the Islamic law was being implemented at the time did not reflect the center of her faith and from what she was taught in the Holy Quran. The sharia law was being misread and implemented wrongly by the Iranian government and it was being tailored to go against women as they were being forced to do things that went against social reform and went back to the thinking of older and less educated times. Muslims are said to believe that justice and equality are values essential in Islam and this is proven by Iranian reformers in the 1980’s as they introduced a new model of religious thinking which encouraged pluralism and democracy. This new school of thought created a voice of reason which reinterpreted the Sharia to make equal the rights of woman and better the gender relations in the country. She further states that there can be no sustainable reform unless the issues of male dominance and gender relations are being debated as that results in process made to

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