Dinah’s experience is similar to Tarma in Genesis. She is the daughter-in-law of Judah. Judah asked his son Onan to make she pregnant after his biggest son Er died. However, Onan did not follow what his father said: “And Onan knew that the seed should not be his, …, he spilled it on the ground…” (38:9) Therefore, the Lord punished Onan and let he died. After that Judah sent Tarma back to her father’s house until his third son Shelah grows up. Unexpectedly, years later, Judah was taken Tarma for a prostitute and he had sex with her: “When Judah saw her, he judged her to be a whore, for she had covered her face.” (38:15) Tarma was judged to be burned for whoredom. At that time, she showed the pledge what Judah gave her after they had sex …show more content…
Other women are lawful to you…” (4:24) It is no overstatement to say that the men in the Islamic world thousand years ago were free to marry with whomever they want. Imagine, a man living under the Islamism in the past who is legal to have sex with any unmarried virgin as long as he gifts his part of property. More and more, the Sura 33 states that: “You may make any of [your women] wait and receive any of them as you wish…” (33:51) This is the situation which is similar to that of Dinah and Shechem’s story in Genesis——nobody requests the consent of females in sexual behavior. The men even were able to marry more than two women (4:3) but not vice versa. In addition, the Qur’an rules that: “Your wives are your fields, so go into your fields whichever way you like.” (2:223) This quote shows the male has the absolute domination of women. In my view, combining those thoughts in the Qur’an above, I am firmly convinced that the status of female in Islamism is not equal to that of males. In the patriarchal society, women like Dinah are the sacrifice for males gaining power. After discussing the status of women in Genesis and the Qur’an, one must to ask: why were Jacob and his sons determined to take revenge on Shechem? Why did males living in the ancient Muslim world have to pay the girl who they are going to marry? I would like to provide the answer to these questions —— the purity of women is vital in the society at
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There are various issues arising from the patriarchal interpretation of Quranic verses that have prompted much debate about the status of women in the Muslim society and the use of Quranic verses by Islamic jurists to determine Shariah law formations. The classical ways of reading and interpreting the Quran and hadith were patriarchal that extensively contribute to developing sexual and gender discrimination within Muslims and are the core source behind this male-dominant Islamic thinking tradition. In this annotated bibliography, I will use the works of Aziza Al-Hibri, Nawal H. Ammar,
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By this time, Jacob had heard that Shechem had caused his daughter to become impure. Jacob waited until his sons were home from working in the fields to tell them of the news about Dinah and Shechem. Just as Jacob’s sons arrived Hamor was asking Jacob for marriage arrangements for Shechem. When Jacob’s sons heard was Shechem had done to Dinah they were enraged. According to the law in Israel, what Shechem had done was intolerable. Despite this, Hamor pleaded for his son to have Dinah as his wife. Hamor said that if Jacob gives him his daughters, then Hamor would give Jacob’s sons his daughters. Hamor went on to say that the land will become partially theirs. Hamor promised to give Jacob and his sons whatever they could possibly ask for if Shechem could marry Dinah. The sons of Jacob said they could not possibly allow Dinah to be wedded to Shechem because he was not circumcised. The matrimony would cause much disgrace to Jacob and his family as a result of Shechem’s uncirumcision. In order to permit the
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