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McDermotThomas McDermottProfessor AmaranAIID 201-0812/13/18How Has Islam Affected WomenThe role of women, and their position and status in society, more recently in recorded history have been issues of debate and discussion. These discussions are usually informed by religion, tradition and culture, misogyny, feminism and sometimes even with bigotry and ignorance.While discussing the role of women in contemporary society there are three main areas of focus that should be looked at and addressed.The notions of woman within contemporary Muslim societies. The status, position and role of woman in the Qur'an and in early Islam from where most Muslims derive their desires. Areas of debate can be seen throughout history and recorded texts.Some of which that we read such as My Name is Red. In this story one can see the status and role of women in a largely Muslim society and the role that they had to follow.Many hear at some point in their life that Islam teaches that women are "unequal" and "inferior" to men. Women are described as weak, inferior,inherently evil (it is the nature of woman to promote mischief,they have lacking intellectual capabilities and are spiritually lackingas well. Furthermore, these evaluations have been used to claim that women are unsuitable for performing certain tasks, or for functioning in some ways in society.This means that women are sometimes barred from mosques and excluded from other Muslim institutions.The intermingling1
McDermotof the sexes is frowned upon on the basis that women will create mischief. While out in public the Muslim identity of a woman is restricted and limited to her dress code,which usually consists of being covered from head to toe besides a few areas in order to show off as little skin as possible. Specific functions and roles have been attributed to each sex; the function of woman is often confined to her reproductive ability.It is known that her main function is to be a mother and wife. She would be lacking in her Islamic duty if she in any way did not fulfil this role in accordance with how society defines it.Since it is the responsibility of males to provide for females, women are liberated from all social, political and economic obligations.They are freed from all these burdens so they can enjoy the daily joy of housework as long as child-bearing and caring.This is regarded as the special status that Islam has set for woman,thus liberating her from suppression and oppression over 1400 years ago.Some traditionalists believe that "according to strict Islamic injunctions, it is not obligatory for a woman to cook food for her husband or children or wash their clothes or even suckle the infants. A woman may refuse to do all these things without this being made ground forlegal complaint against her.