Women In Muslim Society Essay

1673 words - 7 pages

Women in Muslim Society

     Muslim society over the centuries has treated women as second class
citizens. It's been this way since the beginning of time. Women are treated in
this manor for a number of reasons, but all leading back to the Quran. Women
are considered inferior to men, are treated unfairly in marriage, and even are
oppressed legally, but all are approved of in the Quran. It describes in detail
the way that a women is to be treated and the way a women should treat her
husband.
     The Quran expresses the equality of the sexes in the following. "And
their Lord answereth them, `I will not suffer the work of him among you that
worketh, whether of male or female, to be lost. the one of you is the issue of
the other."(Q 3:195) So while the Qur`an holds the works of men and women in
equal regard and acknowledges that they are completely interdependent to their
very existence, They are not regarded as having equal worth as people. The fact
that men are a step above the women and superior to them is evident in the
following verses. "And it is for the women to act as they (the husbands) act by
them, in all fairness; but the men are a step above them."(Q 2:228) "Men have
authority over women because Allah has made the one superior to the
other."(Q4:34) Women are thought of as being lower in intellect and spirituals
in comparison to men. In the Quran it states, "And of His signs is that He
created for you, of yourselves, spouses, that you may repose in them."(Q 30"21)
This causes many Muslims to look at women as creations like the animals and
plants and other useful things created by Allah. Muslims believe that women are
lacking many of the traits that men possess. The believe that women are lacking
gratitude as well as intelligence. The Hadith speaks of this subject saying,
"Women are ungrateful to their husbands and are ungrateful for the favours and
the good (charitable) deeds done to them. If you have always been good
(benevolent) to one of them and then she sees something in you (not of her
liking), she will say, `I have never received and good from you." Also women
are not reliable witnesses due to their lack of intelligence and their emotional
state. It is said that, "Women was made to bear and feed children. Therefore
she is very emotional. And she is forgetful, because if she did not forget how
it is to give birth she would not have another child. That is why she will not
be as reliable a witness as a man."
     Women have so many things separating them from men in the Muslim society.
It is believed that every woman has ten awrah. (translation: the external
genitals, especially of the female, Latin-something to be ashamed of ) It is
perceived that women are awrah and that is one reason that all women must not
show any part of their body along with staying in the house. It is believed
that the...

Find Another Essay On Women In Muslim Society

Dutch Perception of Muslim Women in the Netherlands

2199 words - 9 pages think you know Muslim women? Campaigning against stereotypes in the Netherlands. Open Society Foundations. Retrieved from http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/voices/so-you-think-you-know-muslim-women-campaigning-against-stereotypes-netherlands Michon, L., de Ruiter, S., & Bosveld, W. (2012). Discriminatie in de Amsterdam-Amstelland gemeenten [Discrimination in the communities of Amsterdam-Amstelland]. Gemeente Amsterdam: Dienst Onderzoek en

Women in Irish Society Essay

1625 words - 7 pages There are many way in which a man can achieves a higher status than women in today’s society. Galligan (1998) shows that in 1991 women only made up 33.5% of the work force in Ireland. The economic difference between men and women are self explanatory with all the facts and figures given. However, I do not want to concentrate wholly on economic reasons such as minimum wage or women in the workforce but more so I want to concentrate on factors

Women In Western Society

1028 words - 4 pages WOMEN IN WESTERN SOCIETY Since the beginning of mankind women have been dominated by men. They were to obey and serve man. Their main role in society was to bear children, take care of the household and to be loyal and faithful to their husbands. They were to remain subjects to males. Many viewed women as slaves to man and that should be placed in a household where they belong because women could not perform the tasks of men. During the

American Women in Society

2194 words - 9 pages Throughout history women in the Americas have played a mayor role in society. In a time where women could take care of themselves, they could own property and enforce laws. Even after their rights were taken away by the arrival of the Europeans in 1462. Women did not have control over themselves, could not own property and did not have political rights. They continue to have a big influence on the construction of the US government. Today times

Women in Society

2495 words - 10 pages The role of women in society has always been an issue throughout the ages and throughout Western Europe, and more or less all over the world. Before the age of the Enlightenment, or the Dark Ages, women were always seen as secondary to men in all aspects. Most reasons were religious while others were just the way life was then. By the late 18th century, at the time of the French Revolution and the continuance of the Enlightenment era, the role

Women in Greek Society

1570 words - 6 pages Women in Greek Society Dating back to ancient times, the role of women has never reached true equality with men. We can trace this inequality back to as early as the great Athenian society, where life as we know it today started taking form. On the other side of the inequality, throughout the ancient history of the world, the roles and positions that women have had have improved over time. We can see this tracing time from Athens, to

Women in Aboriginal Society

1524 words - 7 pages have as much to contribute to society as the men did. The focus of Bell’s research was in Warrabri, where she spent most of her time with Warlpiri and Kaytej groups, more so with the former. By centralizing her research on women’s ritual Bell learned how important the contributions made by women have been and continue to be in aboriginal culture. Her findings have concluded that aboriginal women are more independent and responsible for the care of

Women In Modern Society

1589 words - 7 pages The 19th century was an unfavorable period for women and woman’s rights. It was a period in which society was dominated by males, where the primary source of income in the family and also the final decisions in the house were left to the man. Child rearing was often left to the women and women of a higher class were responsible for managing the maids and nurses who took care of the children. Today's modern 21st century is a tremendous step

Women in Society Role

769 words - 4 pages best friend in real life, I’ve realized the world of today has changed much, women allowed to vote, have equal rights as men, fairly being treat by society but in most Asian cultures, there are still remain the fact that the girl can’t have babies without being married.In asia’s history, ordinary people never accepted women should have babies without a husband. Men were always powerful and important than women in public and in family role. Today woman has about equal right as man, but society seems to never completely accepted that fact. 

Women in Society

3184 words - 13 pages newsface: what the problems are, why they exist, and a bitabout what needs to be done to cure these problems.Liesbet van Zoonen's book included a chapter titled'Media Production and the Encoding of Gender.' It showedhow society views women in the media. The expectations offemale anchorwomen in part stems from the overall view ofwomen on television--whether it be in a movie, musicvideo, or soap opera. This was relevant to my paper inanswering the

Women in Society

1412 words - 6 pages that it is not impossible for other women to reach their goals, hopes, and dreams. Closing Question: Is gender segregation in the workforce evident in the modern era? Although Virginia Woolf’s essay is over eighty years old, some aspects of it are still applicable to society. As shown through the use of rhetorical questions, an extended metaphor, and allusion, she persuades her audience to try and break down their insecurities in order to

Similar Essays

Women In Muslim Society Essay

2526 words - 10 pages Women in Muslim Society           The role of woman, her position and status in society, and her nature have been issues of debate and discussion informed by religion, tradition and culture, misogyny, feminism and - many times - downright ignorance and bigotry. In discussing the role of women in contemporary society there are three main areas that can be addressed. The perceptions of woman within contemporary Muslim societies. The status

Women In Muslim Society Essay

2098 words - 8 pages 1 ABSTRACTIn the western society today there is a stereotypical belief that Islamic women are treated unequally and cruelly. The object of this report is to challenge this stereotype and the argument of gender equality within the Islamic Religion/Muslim society.2 INTRODUCTIONThe status of women in the Muslim society is neither a new issue nor a fully settled one. The position of Islam on this issue has been among the subjects presented to the

Indonesia And The Misconceptions Of Muslim Women And How It Parallels To Muslim Women In America

2086 words - 8 pages gender relations as it pertains to Islam. After examining those aspects, looking further into how Muslim women are viewed in society and westernized societies and also their own specified role in society can give a deeper overview of the misconceptions perpetuated today. Finally, paralleling these concepts in Indonesia with those of American Muslim women can fully advocate for ideas of Muslim women in the world. Adequate understanding of these

Islamic Women And The Gender Roles In Muslim Culture

1883 words - 8 pages , the news etc.; from the veil, Islamic women's oppression, education of Islam women, and the overall representation of the Muslim women—we see negativity. Through education of Islamic traditions, history and culture, we as a society can have a better understanding of what Islam really represents. Here in the United States the Muslim “gender roles” in some other countries may seem unfair and barbaric because they are different but with proper