Religion Paper - women’s roles in the Islamic community

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Religion 101 contrasts women’s roles in the Islamic community The New York Times article Woman Leads Muslim Prayer Service in New York by Andrea Elliott compares and contrasts women’s roles in the Islamic community from past to present. Within this article, three critical religious characteristics that Michael Molloy describes in his book Experiencing World’s Religion are greatly demonstrated. These three religious characteristics are ritual, ethics and community because they suggest traditional ritualistic ideologies along with the way the community views these traditions and other factors of the Islamic faith. This article embodies the idea of ritual and ethics through the Islamic community because of their very strict and traditional core values. I believe ritual and ethics go hand and hand in this article. Ritual is described as “Beliefs that are enacted and made real through ceremonies,” while ethics is “Rules about human behavior from the supernatural or socially generated guidelines,” (Molloy 9). When describing rituals in this article, Muslims have a very certain beliefs on how women are perceived which directly correlates to how their beliefs are enacted. When describing ethics in this article, these women have ‘socially generated guidelines’ on how to act, dress, pray and live their lives. Respectfully,
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