If someone was to look up the meaning of veil in a dictionary the noun would state that it is “ a piece of material worn by women to protect or conceal the face” while the verb is describes the action as a way to “partially conceal, disguise, or obscure.” Unfortunately, in today's society both definitions have meaning when it comes to the veil and it’s role in Muslim culture. Whether or not women want to accept it the truth, still remains that the veil is a form of gendered violence. Even though people seek to reclaim it’s meaning they cannot change its origins and the reason it was established in the first place, to conceal and control Muslim women. The movie Persepolis depicts the veil in an oppressive light as a tool that has been fashioned against women and their rights. The main character takes a strong stance on her objection of the veil.
When the media only shows radicals and compares all Muslims to being terrorist or dangerous they are actually putting Muslim people at risk of being assaulted in public. Muslim woman in particular are more at risk for being assaulted as they are more identifiable. So while veiling can be a source of empowerment and freedom for women it is a double-edged sword because it also puts them at further risk of being
Before venturing into the ideals and movements of Islamic feminism, it is important to recognize some of the biased views Westerners often take when it comes to women in Islam. Because of the portrayal of women in the Arab world through pop-culture and the media, some Westerners may believe that Islam creates a society in need of modernity. The concepts of religious government are also foreign to the Western world. Feminists often focus on the practice of veiling women in Islamic tradition as a law made to minimize the importance of women as citizens. It is important for us to recognize where our biased views exist, and what sorts of root assumptions we make about women in Islam.
Yet, many religious groups intensely opposed with what they saw as a destruction of Islamic culture. When the Islamic Republic seized the power from the Shah in 1979, they started to eliminate the changes made to women’s rights. In this essay, I will discuss the role of women in series of incidents that reflects the importance of women within the Iranian culture as well as politics. This essay will explain how education has contributed to the knowledge of many urban Iranian women to their unjust state. It will explain Iranian women both pre and post Iranian revolution and will illustrate on the different perspectives Iranian women have of Islam to highlight the current condition of Iranian society.
This advertisement condemns the oppression of women located in Middle Eastern countries. They say that many women experience oppression in the Middle East, but I say that this oppression needs to end completely because this type of religious covering alienates and controls Muslim women in Islamic countries. This advertisement, created by the International Society for Human Rights, illustrates a
Equality and division of women activists Feminism in Iran is a term used to describe the Iranian women’s struggle for gender equalities and their resistance to patriarchy and classified private and public organizations. However, the term is wrongly used and misinterpreted by both the followers of the women’s rights movement and their adversaries, Islamic feminists. Much of the misunderstanding takes place simply because the term feminism does not have a Farsi equivalent and is extensively exercised as a Western meaning in Farsi that is understood as sexism, a discrimination or devaluation based on a person's sex. The nature of relation between Islam, Human Rights and Feminism is one of the most important contemporary issues. The problems and misinterpretations begin when secular feminists question whether Islamic principles are opposed to the modern principles of democracy and human rights, which are considered the two requirements for securing women’s rights.
Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving by Lila Abu-Lughod describes Western feminist beliefs on Muslim women and their burqa/veil and how focusing on these misconceptions are doing far more harm than good. This causes Western feminists reduce the culture and beliefs of Muslim women down to a single piece of clothing. The burqa is a type of veil worn by Muslim women for a number of reasons such as proprietary and signaling their relationship with God. The burqa is often seen a symbol of suppression amongst the Western world and it was expected for women to throw it off in a show of independence once liberated from the Taliban.
Reading this autobiography, written by Shirin Ebadi, was an eye-opener. The author depicts the struggles women face when it comes to equality under the Islamic Republic. She educates her audience on the endeavors individuals have to encounter in order to obtain basic human rights. She does this by presenting a true account based on her life in Iran. She mentions how the conservatism due to Islamic law has a negative impact on society.
It is astonishingly prevalent and incredibly real in society. For instance, sexism in Arabic, Islamic countries, such as Afghanistan, is rampant and, unfortunately, not under control. Extremists believe sexism is merely a figment of the accuser’s imagination and the extremist’s view their treatment of woman as a necessity and something that must be adhered to. (Khaled Hosseini, 2007) Therefore, transmitting this obliviousness to the now ignorant citizens of the world. Regardless of this sexism epidemic, the Islamic women who fall victim to this ludicrous and frivolous injustice somehow find motivation and silent strength to carry on.
Also, they argue that most women are forced to wear coverings like the Burqa and niqab because of the Islamic Shariah law, which seems to be an oppressive and totalitarian tool of submission. But I can attest that some women will agree with me that the coverings do the exact opposite. They raise the value of a woman who cannot be judged by her body and her appearance, but rather has to be evaluated by her pers... ... middle of paper ... ...d oppressed women from being degraded. The blind acceptance of stereotypes and its partner in ignorance can be corrected and prevented. Instead people should help support the coverings which help women from a leering public which often defines a woman by her looks and clothes and amount of sexualization instead of character.