I Am A Young Muslim Woman Born And Raised On A Western Culture Essay

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I am a young Muslim woman born and raised in a western culture. My beliefs are paradoxical, as they are both religious and liberal in various aspects. I am perceived as an outsider in my own culture because I am westernized, and hold ideas true to my heart that many Muslims, particularly many Muslim men, perceive unfavorably. While it sounds like I’m speaking poorly about my religion, like I am bashing my brothers and the principles of the faith, instead I’m writing to raise awareness. I’m writing to support the fundamental principles of the religion, just from a different perspective. I am writing to give women the voice they did not have when the Qur’an was first interpreted, as women were perceived as secondary objects when the faith was founded. She was property, and did not have any input on politics, religion, or anything of substance; and today a number of “Islamic Feminists” are fighting for a voice in religious interpretation. Thus, I firmly believe that one of the main reasons behind the inequity of the genders in Islam, the reason why I’m perceived as rambunctious, is rooted in and derived from the patriarchal interpretations of the Qur’an that set the foundation for modern beliefs. The Qur’an promotes equality of the sexes, in fact, even the language of the Qur’an does not make a specific gender distinction, as in Arabic the pronouns “he” and “she” do not necessarily imply natural gender. Therefore, the reason for the superiority of the Male in Islamic culture
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