Christianity's Negative View of Women through Eve and the More Positive Views of the Koran

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Christianity's Negative View of Women through Eve and the More Positive Views of the Koran

There has been much disagreement over whether the Koran sub-standardizes the status of women, therefore causing inferiority to men. Most of those who follow this school of thought belong to other religions, particularly Judaism and Christianity. However, by Muslims, it is contended that the Koran actually creates equality among men and women and establishes more respect for women than Judaism and Christianity. This essay will examine mainly Christianity's negative view of women through Eve, her legacy, the birth of daughters, and female education and compare those views to the more positive views of the Koran. All three religions,
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The Islamic conception of the creation is found in different places in the Koran, for example: To Adam he said: "Dwell with your wife in Paradise, and eat of any fruit you please; but never approach this tree or you both shall become transgressors." But Satan tempted them, so that he might reveal to them their shameful parts, which they had never seen before. He said: "Your Lord has forbidden you to approach this tree only to prevent you from becoming angels or immortals." Then he swore to them that he would give them friendly counsel. Thus did he cunningly seduce them. And when they had eaten of the tree, their shame became visible to them, and they both covered themselves with the leaves of the Garden. Their Lord called out to them, saying: "Did I not forbid you to approach that tree, and did I not say to you that Satan was your inveterate foe?" They replied: "Lord, we have wronged our souls. Pardon us and have mercy on us, or we shall be among the lost."(7:19:-23)

Carefully looking at these two accounts of the same story of the Creation, reveals the first of many differences in how women are viewed. The Koran, unlike the Bible, never places sole responsibility for the fall of man on just Eve, rather it places equal blame on both Adam and Eve. Nowhere in the Koran can one find the slightest hint that Adam was tempted to eat the forbidden fruit by Eve. Nor can

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