The Muslim women who acknowledge this inequality and seek to balance it—identify themselves as Islamic feminists. Islamic feminism is a new generation of feminism that has surfaced during the past two decades, as women's issues became an integral part of the modern Islamic discussion. The women involved with this movement seek to challenge and change these outdated perspectives by attacking the root of the problem: the verses in the Quran—which were interpreted solely by men. It is not just the verses, it is also everyday Arabic words that have different meanings, but they also hinder the progression of women—because Muslim men think that only their definition applies. By re-analyzing the interpretations of this religious text and Arabic words, Islamic feminists believe that their perspectives on these things could change the patriarchal culture that exists in Muslim societies.
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.
Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Women Empowerment in the Muslim World Islamic Republic of Pakistan I. Topic Background Many factors contribute to gender discrimination in Muslim countries with religion being the major cause of this controversy. These believers associate themselves with the Qur’an, written after 632 CE and believed to be given to Muhammad through God, relying on its “divine messages” (Quran). Women in Muslim countries strive to establish an increase of equal rights caused by sexist interpretations of their religious texts. Islamic feminists argue that the religion practiced in their countries calls for equality of both genders and these assertions can be found in already present Islamic values.
The active attempts to limit women from receiving education in that nation were all too real, and very tragic. However, in many other Islamic cultures, women have significant and positive influence on the education system, both today and in the past. The achiev... ... middle of paper ... ... States one of the most popular religions, Catholicism, still does not permit women to serve in the priest capacity. Some issues will take many centuries to change, and just like in Catholicism, this Islamic barrier will take time to break down. In conclusion, the body of evidence suggests that fears regarding the limitations placed on women by Islamic culture are exaggerated in most areas.
Women are judged by what they wear and what they do. Islam and Muslim have gotten the right to comply with her beliefs but she will not be accepted if she is not the traditional woman. Media captures the stereotypical views of Islam/ Muslim women, they do have the right to go against the traditional woman's role, but the reality is that history counters the fact that Islam and Muslims are civilized therefore women has not reached a high status in their society. In “The Media and Its Representation of Islam and Muslim Women” by Sairra Patel argues that the media always stereotypes women in Islam/Muslim are being oppressed by men. Media has taken a large portion as the reason why Islam and Muslims are characterized as men superior to women, “In television, films, books, newspapers and magazines Islam is presented as being a backward and barbaric religion”, media had affected them unjustly since what is being said in the media is not accurate.
Western media framed Islam as a dangerous and hateful religion that needed to be stopped. At the same time the media became obsessed with Muslim women who veiled and wanted to save these women from their oppression. However, these articles written about the oppressed Muslim women did not feature Muslim women and their experiences veiling. They were not given a voice
When most people think of Islamic women they think of the multiple stereotypes that have been fed to us by the media. We are constantly shown the message that Muslim women are treated poorly on TV, radio, movies, magazines, 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 cultural education one may begin to see them in a different light.
The Muslim culture is constantly seen as repressive and traditional towards women and their sexuality. Focusing on portrayals of women, the media shows common stereotypes of women as oppressed victims of Muslim patriarchy. On the other hand, our North American culture is seen as civilized and ultimately the best. This cultural misrepresentation is deeply connected to racism and to the concepts of Islamophobia and Orientalism. To begin with, one must understand how race is socially constructed in our western society.
Muslim Americans are a group of people that practice the religion of Islam. In America, some people are prejudice towards people who practice Islam, and can go as far as generalizing them as terrorists which is completely unfair. This prejudice is called islamophobia (Schaefer, 2015), and it is still a big issue in our country. This issue needs to be fixed- not all Muslim people were responsible for 9/11 and some people need to stop acting like they were. As a country, people in America need to rise above stereotyping, and move towards acceptance.
However, they contradict themselves constantly by stripping Muslim people the opportunity to voice in mainstream media what is really means to be a Muslim or a woman who veils. Muslim woman who veil know when they leave their homes they are more at risk to be judged, treated unfairly, or be verbally or physically assaulted because they veil and show their faith more visibly. American’s claim this is the land of the free while also kicking Muslim’s off planes for being Muslim, and only showing Muslim woman as being oppressed. While America did change after 9/11, American’s fail to realize that the life of a Muslim American, specially a Muslim American woman who choose to veil life was also altered completely after 9/11. Islamophobia and ethnocentrism is very prevalent in American media, which in turns creates a nation with citizens who are equally islamophobic and