Essay about Feminism And Religion

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Introduction
It is a perceptible phenomenon that modern ideas and transnational interaction between people brings about so many changes that they come into conflict with the existing norms and belief systems of a society. In fact, the ability to assimilate productive changes and the capacity to discard beliefs that are detrimental to the interest of the society are the essential qualities of a good social order. If a society allows itself to be dominated by beliefs that are not in tune with the needs and aspirations of the changing times, one cannot ascribe it as a progressive society. On the other hand, it must also be said that a society that is open to change without considering the detrimental effects that such a change can make in
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Cultural differences help to explain why countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Taliban's Afghanistan can all claim the imprimatur of holy law and yet treat their women differently. Iranian women can drive, work in a mixed office, and attend mixed university lectures. Saudi women cannot. Iranian women play active social roles as civil servants, teachers, doctors, and engineers - a profession closed to Saudi women. The Taliban discouraged women from leaving the house. But more than 3 million Afghanis have sought refuge in Iran in the last few decades, giving Iranian women a close look at another way of life under Islam [Frontline, 2002]. The vastness of the spread of the religion is definitely a fact that has impaired the development of all Muslim women.

The role of Women in other religions
Women's liberation has followed a similar trend in other religions as well. For example in the Hindu culture, women were for long, restrained by the religious laws. However in India women have been actively involved in politics and other spheres of life since a very long time. Although some states in the Indian subcontinent have very liberal laws for women, there are parts in India where the rights of women are still trampled upon. Like everywhere else, the reason for this neglect is lack of education and economic dependence on the males of the society. In the cities and town and even in many villages the number of working women is similar to
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