The Religious Views Of Women 's Right

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Women’s right is a controversial and sensitive topic in today’s society. Gender inequality has been a great issue for decades and is closely related to the harmony of the society as well as the development of human civilization. Religion, as one of the most significant products of human civilization, is extraordinary influential in guiding people’s beliefs and thoughts. Therefore, different religious views of women’s rights play big roles in building people’s conceptions. Among the religions, Islam, as a religion with over half a billion women believers and a religion dominant in approximately 45 countries, seems to be the most controversial religion upon this topic. A lot of scholars, both advocates and opponents towards
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Meanwhile, historical influence, cultural differences in various countries and regions, as well as personal quality are inevitable factors towards this issue. The goal of the paper is to study the influence of Islam on women’s rights based on various factors as objectively as possible.
Analysis of Religious Text
Just as people’s acknowledgment, religious people regard sacred texts and religious laws as the guidance of their thoughts and deeds. For Muslims, the Qur’an, Hadith, as well as Islamic law thus play the roles to guide Muslims. It seems that injustice to Muslim women are widespread in actual life.However, once we get to the Qur’an, we could find that God’s justice as well as compassion towards women are reflected throughout this noblest text of Islam. Dr. Hassan, as a Muslim woman and a scholar of Islam,devotes her career in advocating for Muslim women. According to her analysis of Qur’an, it “promoted religious and social equality and justice between men and women and that what the Qur’an basically aimed at was the removal of certain abuses to which women were subjected.”1(Hassan) In this case, how might the discrepancy between Islamic ideals and actual practice has come about? Hassan provides us one possible explanation: patriarchalism empowered Muslim men to interpret these Islamic texts as well as Islamic tradition. Therefore, Muslim men were able to “define the
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