Women's Role in the Middle East

analytical Essay
2111 words
2111 words

Discrimination lives, separation prevails, and oppression will always remain.“Why do they hate us?” writes Mona Eltahawy, a freelance Egyptian-American Journalist who writes publications about women’s issues and social welfare in the Islamic world. She talks of a short story written in the book entitled “Distant View of a Minaret” by another Egyptian writer, Alifa Rifaat. The book begins with a piece about a woman who feels nothing about her relationship with her husband. She remains unmoved, as Eltahawy would say, by intercourse with her husband as he only does the act for his own pleasure.The woman is distracted during sex and notices the simplest things around the room--a spider web hanging from the ceiling and the realization to cut her toenails as she stretches her body for her husband’s reach. She is not satisfied and has always been denied the sexual climax from her husband during these times. This way, he inevitably seizes her will to do anything. The Islamic call to prayer interrupts the moment and her husband leaves her, letting her go wash up and rejuvenate herself as it is demanded to do so in the Islamic religion. She takes a shower, gets fully dressed and goes deep into prayer. Feeling content with her worship, she feels a different sort of satisfaction and is looking forward for the next call to prayer as she looks out a balcony from her home. Her duty to her husband still remains and she virtuously makes him coffee, just the way he demands it. Taking it to their bedroom, she suddenly notices something. Her husband’s body appears to be limp in bed as if he suffered an attack. He is dead. She steers her son to fetch a doctor while she waits. She takes the coffee back to the living room and drinks it for herself. “She...

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In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how mona eltahawy, an egyptian-american journalist, writes about women's issues and social welfare in the islamic world.
  • Explains that women are persecuted due to the lack of structure in the constitution of what holds respect and protection of the islamic religion, the quran.
  • Analyzes how the antiquated and dated perception of the female role in society has a negative impact on women living in islamic countries.
  • Explains that women in muslim societies are viewed primarily within the family and the community. they are subjected to humiliating "virginity tests" merely for speaking out.
  • Explains that not a single islamic country is ranked in the world economic forum's global gender gap, putting the entire region pertaining to islam on the bottom of the planet.
  • Explains that in saudi arabia, women are punished when nothing really is their fault. a female reported being gang-raped in a car but was sentenced to jail for reluctantly going into
  • Explains that the sharia is the islamic code of law based on the quran.
  • Explains that malala yousafzai, a school girl from pakistan, is reputably known for her actions to activate more rights to education for women in the same position.
  • Analyzes how malala yousafzai's book illuminates her life and her relationship with her father, ziauddin. they support each other for the rights of education for women of islam.
  • Opines that women in the middle east feel violated of their natural rights, but the laws of the qur'an were made centuries ago. the islamic region acts as its own world.
  • Explains the significance of women rights in islam, which is more strict than any other region where women are persecuted against.
  • Explains that dossier 14-15: islam and women's rights: a case study.
  • Explains that women are inferior to men in the quran. arlandson, james malcom.
  • Explains that bibars, iman, "the middle east: fighting for women's rights." trust, 21 june 2013.
  • States coleman, isobel, "new middle east needs fusion of islam and feminism." women's e news.
  • Explains that eggertson, lauren, and malala yousafzai's "i am mala" are reviewed in the star.
  • States amnesty international usa's "egypt: end sexual violence against women protestors."
  • Cites eltahawy, mona, "foreign policy magazine." foreign policy.
  • Explains rifat, alfah, distant view of a minaret and other stories.
  • Describes the women's rights in the middle east and how far the arab spring must go.
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