Analysis Of The Book ' Genesis '

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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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