Female Equality and the Q'uran

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Liberated or oppressed? The story of the Muslim woman is somewhere in the middle of the two. This is not an issue of East versus West and, more importantly, it’s not about assigning blame. There is not a freed woman on one side and an imprisoned on the other.’ Muslim women: the Western view of these ladies is one of abuse, terror and oppression. The burka has become a symbol of male control and domination, warping the truth about Islam, and turning it into a violent regime focused on terrorism and ruling by fear. For example, if one were to do a “Google search” on the words Muslim women, the preponderance of images are of burka-clad women, with the one exclusion, of course, being Miss Egypt in her bikini. Regardless of where a woman finds herself in the world, she faces different obstacles to her full emancipation. But is it Islam which in itself presents the constraint to that full freedom? We regularly hear of women in Islam but not of men, because they are not deemed oppressed in the same way. Islam is a very male dominated religion in comparison to the smaller gender disparity of Sikhism, for example. Some feel as though, within an Islamic paradigm, female emancipation cannot occur. Yes, many Muslim women live in countries of the world where religion is used to hide brutal oppression, taking Pakistan as the most current example. Conversely, most do not see it fit to criticise the state of Europe’s governmental situation, where secularism is

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