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Muslim Women

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The Western media disregards the faults in the Western culture and religion by falsely depicting Muslim women as oppressed and living very uncomfortable lives. The Western media criticizes the way women dress and states that it is a sign of female submission. They believe that women wear the hijab to show that they are submitting to the Muslim patriarchs and the teachings of the Qur’an. Furthermore, Muslim women are portrayed as oppressed and abused by their husbands. Through this portrayal, the Western media limits domestic violence to the Islamic culture and religion, which is completely incorrect. In addition, Muslim women are considered helpless and voiceless in the Western media. The media disregards that fact that there are many Muslim…show more content…
The way that Muslim women are dressed, specifically by wearing a hijab, is criticized by the Western media as submissive. This statement is incorrect because a hijab is not a sign of submission; instead it is a sign of modesty. The Qur’an states: “Say to believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty. And say to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof.” (BBC: Hijab in the Scriptures). This passage from the Qur’an shows that men are subjected to the same teachings of the Qur’an. This passage also proves that the Qur’an teaches Muslims to be modest and respectful to others regarding their body. It does not mention that women should wear a hijab to achieve modesty proving that wearing a hijab is the choice of the woman. The Qur’an merely says to cover their…show more content…
The Western culture disregards many factors that prove that this statement is a fallacy. The Western media spreads false generalizations of Muslim women around the world, which results in society believing in these fallacies. “In crime dramas such as CSI or Criminal Minds, Muslim women are almost always represented as victims of male domestic violence; women’s appearances in police films or television shows were often cut short by a male who asserts that he is in change.” (Media Portrayals of Religion: Islam). These kinds of television shows are examples of the way that the Western media depicts Muslim women as helpless and abused. These kinds of generalizations suggest that the Western media believes that Muslim men are more superior to Muslim women. The media disregards that fact that this issue is not limited to the Islamic culture because it is also an issue in the Western culture and religion. Furthermore, domestic violence is not and will never be limited to just the Islamic religion. This is proven by the statistic that “On any given day in Canada, more than 3,300 (along with their 3,000 children) are forced to sleep in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence. Every night, about 200 women are turned away because the shelters are full” (The Facts about Violence against Women). This statistic shows that domestic violence occurs
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