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Emily Humphreys11/05/18UDID: 702451792Response Paper 5In the essay “The Issue of Women-Man Equality in the Islamic Tradition” by Riffat Hassan, it isexplained how she has researched how Islam has become patriarchal not because of what is stated in theQur’an but how it was interpreted and molded to put women in a place of submissiveness. She explainsthat her interest and career as a feminist theologian did not start until she reluctantly accepted a positionas the faculty adviser to the Muslim Students’ Association at Oklahoma State and was asked if she wouldspeak about women in Islam at the MSA annual seminar. She began researching the subject on women inIslam to prepare for her speech and what she uncovered was how passionate she was about finding thetruth and bringing justice to Muslim women. She states “the more I saw the justice and compassion ofGod reflected in the Qur’anic teachings regarding women, the more anguished and angry I became,seeing the injustice and inhumanity to which Muslim women, in general are subjected to in actual life.(pg. 144)” which demonstrates the beginning of her quest to help Muslim women to break free from thepatriarchal norms inflicted upon them.

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