The Role Of Women In Islam And Mohammed's Persepolis

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Some governments use Islam to take full control of their people and use it as a reason for their actions. Not only do some Islamic governments misuse their power, but women are a minority in Islamic societies. The autobiography and pictographic novel, Persepolis, describes the change from the Shah’s regime to the Islamic fundamentalist regime and its oppressive and abusive rule. During the fundamentalist regime the war between Iran and Iraq in the 1980s is portrayed from Marjane Satrapi’s experiences during the time in which she lived in Iran. In contrast to the fundamentalist government, Mohammed, the founder of Islam, opposed oppressive governments and believed that women should have a higher social status. The Islam depicted in Persepolis differs to Mohammed’s original vision of Islam by giving women a worse social status and having a government that abuses its power. During the Islamic Regime in Persepolis, women were oppressed and viewed as a minority. After the fundamentalist regime takes over and the war against Iraq commences, Marji and her parents protest the regime. The top right picture on page 76 shows Marji’s mother with a bold, half black and half white face, holding her fist high and saying, “She should start learning to defend her rights as a woman right now!” (Satrapi 76). Marji’s mother shows that women are not being treated equally as men and feel oppressed by showing that she wants to defend her rights. While Marji looks happy and is handing out brochures

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