Arabic culture paper - Running head GENDER ROLES IN THE ARABIC CULTURE 1 Religion Vs Culture Many people all over the world hold a rather grim and

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Running head: GENDER ROLES IN THE ARABIC CULTURE1Religion Vs CultureMany people all over the world hold a rather grim and hopeless view about the lives of girls and women across the Arab world.The stereotypes coupled with irrational judgments about the lives of females in the Arab culture create a biased view, which hardly depicts the real depth and variety of the matter.Superficially, one would refer to the freedom of dress (or lack thereof),
GENDER ROLES IN THE ARABIC CULTURE2the right to drive, to the mother and wife role of a woman as the basis of their argument, that Islam is the cause and the shaper of gender roles among the Arab nations.Such an argument will always fall short as it is not based on the real matter.It is important to note is that as it is with any place in the world and not just the Arab world, there is expected to be a spectrum of lived experiences caused by factors such as social customs, inherited family traditions, class, culture exposition through trade, geographical location and so on (Retta, 2013).As a result this paper argues that Islam is not the cause of the oppression of women as it has been believed, but rather that many of the oppressive practices are as a result of the cultural traditions.The biases and judgement that are present is a contradiction to every culture and society in existence.While the role of woman has drastically changed and evolved over time for one culture, cannot be expectedof others.This also brings up the argument of utilitarianism.Certain cultures believe that they are better than others and that belief places judgement upon those cultures that have not reached evolvement.When covering a highly charged topic such as this in the Arabic culture, it is integral that we look at the context.With context I mean how rights have progressed over time, how laws vary across states, the value attached to the family network in the Arab culture, as well as the roleplayed by Sharia (the Islamic law) which have shaped the cultural norms.Even as we look at the gender disparities that exist and the apparent discriminatory practices toward women, the cause will be discussed which helps better navigate the question of the origin of the disparities.While
GENDER ROLES IN THE ARABIC CULTURE3at that, the notion that it is Islam the source of sexism in the Middle East and other Arab nations will be quashed.Islam does not deny women their right to education, or right to drive, or right toown a house or deny them other basic rights.In this case, the personal bias that society has created has somehow created a link between religion and the cultural values of a geographical location.

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