the question of women’s rights in the Middle East (Columbia). Lughod in her book Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving? sets out to get rid of stereotypes that muslim women because of frequent ‘honor killings’ and the practice of veiling need to be rescued. She coins the term for the exploration of saving muslim women ‘Islamland.’ There is the perpetuating stereotype and dominant narrative that muslim women need saving and islam is a threatening
are. This fear and reaction is the reason for why efforts of assimilation occur, so that the dominant can integrate the minority and to conform to the dominant culture. Writer Sarah Ahmed discusses the issues of migration, assimilation, and what it really means to be happy in her chapter “Melancholic Migrant.” She traces the links between white culture and happiness; the idea of the whiter you are the happier you are. Ahmed presents arguments of other scholars, like Trevor Phillips, that present the
Banning The Burqa In France and in other places the burqa, which is a clothing item for women of Muslim culture- is being banned. But while 62% of Germans and 57% of Britons support a burqa ban, only 27% of Americans do. This approach is likely responsible for the much more successful assimilation of Muslims into American society. France is banning it because they say that it is a huge security problem when they cannot identify who is under the item of clothing. Another problem is that the ban will
related to this subject. Muslims support that governments have a responsibility to enforce law. In Islam the people are not independent; God alone is sovereign. Human rights, therefore, are to be enforced only as they reflect divine law. Rights approved by God in the Koran are seen as unquestionable. There is a major similarity between the rights proclaimed through international law. But where there is a difference, then Islamic law is to be obeyed. On the other hand, few Muslims argue that the standards
the topic of Muslim women. Islamic women have been in the shadows for years, hidden by their spouses, therefore resulting in the reason why so many of them have been the subject of abuse. The devastating incident that led to many deaths on September 11th of 2001, could possibly be the most recent event that has sparked interest with the Muslim population (Daba-Buzoianu et.al 148). Even then, however, Americans were more concerned for their own safety rather than the safety of Muslim women. In the past
submit. A Muslim is a person who submits to Allah and follows the teachings of Islam (World Religions, 2003). Muhammad was born in 570 AD in Mecca, and Muslims believe that in 610AD he began to receive the word of Allah through the angel Gabriel. He received these messages over a 22 year period while he lived in Mecca and Medina in Arabia.
hierarchy. However, this expectation has become unrealistic. Many females find that they are not adequately prepared to survive in a male dominated country, although there is little rebellion against these imposed values. It is my opinion that we as women have adopted this image of family and injected it into other hierarchies involving race and sex. We then took it a step further by projecting this image onto our country and its policies. This rose-colored glasses approach is what allows so many to
at what radical Islam is, and what we as Christians can do to help Muslims come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. I think that the Church can do more than it is doing now to minister to both the local and international Muslim Community. Historical Context/Contemporary Overview.
there is freedom. Yet, this is our unique brand of freedom. The Middle East is full of peoples with their own way of life that do not necessarily agree with the way we see freedom. Lila Abu-Lughod discusses one of the many difference between the United States and the Middle East, the use of head coverings and the burqa, in her article “Do Muslim Women Really Need Saving?” She examines the cultural significance and different types of veiling. Culture permeates every part of life. As Americans, maybe
the age of Facebook and Twitter where white people can post a heartfelt message about their disgust regarding racial injustices in order to distance themselves from said injustices does indeed call for such a critical term – slacktivism. Activism needs to be a hands on production to truly be effective, when it is not, systematic problematic issues can occur. Issues, for example that a new phenomenon of slacktivism that allows white “activists” to participate only to the extent that they want to distance