Essay about The Koran And The Quran

732 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 3 Pages
When Westerners think about what the religion Islam teaches, most of them would most likely think that the Koran, the Islam’s religious book, teaches them how to beat and oppress the women. Yvonne Ridley, a political editor of Islam Channel TV in London, once thought that. In “How I Came to Love the Veil,” which Ridley wrote, it points out that the Koran actually teaches equality in both genders and that the Koran actually promotes liberation for women. Ridley points out that the way Westerners quote the Koran is usually out of context. Ridley also explains that Westerners’ thoughts on a Muslim woman’s attire is ridiculous and questions whether Westerners or Muslims are more civilized.
Being captured by the Taliban and getting freed by promising them to read the Koran was what happened to Ridley within the few weeks after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Before reading the Koran, Ridley believed that the Koran chapters taught you how to beat and oppress the women. When reading the Koran, Ridley found passages promoting liberation for women. She found out that women under Islam are respected and “are considered equal to men in spirituality, education and worth” (par. 6). Muslim women “have a right to an education…duty to seek out knowledge, regardless of whether…single or married” (par. 13). That was almost everything the Western feminist were fighting for in 1970s. The Muslim women already had that about 1,400 years ago. After careful readings of the Koran for…

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