Islamic Freedom Of Choice Under The Islamic Charter

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Islamic feminism can be defined as women who advocate for their rights, gender equality, and social norms under the framework of Islam. Rooted in Islam, the movement’s pioneers have also utilized secular, Western, or otherwise non-Muslim feminist discourses. Advocates in the movement seek to highlight the deeply rooted teachings of equality in religion and encourage a questioning of the patriarchal interpretation of Islamic teaching through the Qur 'an, hadith and sharia towards the creation of a more equal and just society. Non-Muslim countries, primarily the West, perceive Muslim women as victims of Islamic traditions. The paradoxical clash in culture shapes the discourse between Islamic and Western feminists. For Muslim women, liberation lies in the freedom of choice under the Islamic charter. The controversy over the way women in Islam dress has become politicized; their Hijab has become the ultimate symbol of oppression for the West, however, for Islamic feminists, their headscarf is a resistance against Western colonialism.
The struggle between European colonialism and Muslims is apparent in issues of the 20th and 21st century. Colonialism has altered the political atmosphere in the Muslim world; colonizers have appointed leaders in Muslim countries, changed legal and economic institutions and has caused the Muslim believers to challenge their faith. Colonists essentially see Christianity of utter more importance than Islam. However, what colonists do not acknowledge

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